Northeast Maglev (TNEM) just unveiled updated plans for a superconducting maglev train that could rocket passengers from Washington D.C. to New York City in 60 minutes flat. The 300 MPH bullet train would be levitated and propelled by powerful electromagnets, which would reduce friction and allow the train to achieve very high speeds with rapid acceleration. The project was recently revamped in light of increased interest in high-speed public transport technologies such as the Hyperloop.
Northeast Maglev is an American company funded by a Japanese government bank. Although the technology sounds incredible, it’s certainly feasible – company CEO and chairman Wayne Rogers points to a maglev route currently being constructed between Nagoya and Tokyo.
Similar projects along East Coast of the United States have been considered in the past, but have all failed due to lack of legislative support. According to John Harding, a former U.S. Department of Transportation maglev scientist, the problems were the curves in the path and low projected public interest. Northeast Maglev is attempting to resolve the issue with the curves, but will require additional funding to do so.