Ed Rendell: Build This Futuristic Magnetic Levitation Train!

The ex-Philadelphia mayor is stumping for a maglev train that would go from Philly to New York in 25 minutes.

"But Market East's still all cracked and broken!" "Sorry, mom, the mob has spoken!"

“But Market East’s still all cracked and broken!” “Sorry, mom, the mob has spoken!”

Do you like trains? Do you like the future? Then, boy, does Ed Rendell have an idea you’ll love:

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday hosted a pitch for a super-high-speed, magnetically levitated train that could whisk riders from Philadelphia to New York City in 25 minutes and to Washington in 30.

Rendell and other ex-politicians, public officials, and business executives have been hired to raise support for a Japanese-financed maglev train on the Northeast Corridor, operating between Washington and New York.

It’s a good thing I wasn’t at this press conference — on the 45th floor of the Comcast Center — because I would have been in the back shouting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” the whole time. It’s not that this idea is ever going to happen; it’s quite fanciful. It would cost $100 billion, it’s more sensible to use already existing tracks, et cetera. But it’s a train that levitates due to magnets. It’s the coolest thing.




The only existing maglev trains are short lines in Asia. But, darn, if Ed Rendell hasn't convinced me. It's more realistic than the Hyperloop, yet it's received a fraction of the attention. Maybe we can try these maglev trains in Ogdenville, North Haverbrook and Brockway first.

Photoshop idea from Curtis Welsh

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  • DTurner

    Hell, if JR wants to pay for it let them do it. India is currently getting a HSR network courtesy of JR, why shouldn’t we at least explore the option?

    Also, while there are no longer lines built yet, Japan is currently constructing lines from Tokyo to Nagoya and Osaka.

  • matthew brandley

    If they want to build it let them. Amcrap is still running on cantenary that was built in the 1930 and always breaking, bridges that need to bereplaced that where built in some cases in the late 1800 s .

  • Ray Kerstetter

    I praise Ed Rendell for supporting this, but why oh why didn’t he push thru this when he was mayor and gov.? These improvements should have been implemented a long time ago.

    • Guest

      We need to start building Maglev systems in this country that will be for public use, the building cost may be high at first but like anything else the technology will improve and prices will come down. The first systems to get built here, will be our learning curve. From then on we should be able to learn of cheaper and more cost effective building materials and construction methods.

  • http://www.adamelmquist.com Adam Elmquist

    We need to start building Maglev systems in this country that will be for public use, the building cost may be high at first but like anything else the technology will improve and prices will come down. The first systems to get built here, will be our learning curve. From then on we should be able to learn of cheaper and more cost effective building materials and construction methods..