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NEWS: Maglev Train system pitched for Orlando

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It’s been a long wait for American Maglev Technology Inc.’s Tony Morris — but he’s got the first approval toward making his elevated magnetic-levitation train system a reality.


The Florida Department of Transportation on May 19 awarded Morris’ Georgia firm the opportunity to lease rights of way between Orlando International Airport and the Orange County Convention Center for a fixed-guideway transportation system.


This now clears the way for American Maglev to begin working on the $315 million, 40-mile first phase of its system, which would create 60 high-wage jobs. Subsequent phases of the overall $800 million project would connect to Lake Nona’s Medical City and the Walt Disney World area, which would create hundreds of jobs.


The new system also would provide a much-needed alternative transportation mode for the busy International Drive tourist corridor, which gets bogged down with traffic especially during big meetings and conventions.


“This is a major milestone for us and for Central Florida,” Morris said. “Soon, the world will come to Orlando to see what’s next in mobility for the rest of this century. In so doing, a whole new green high-tech industry with good-paying jobs will be created for our country, centered right here.”


Next up, American Maglev has to finalize the agreements — the rights of way are owned by the state transportation department, Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, Orange County, city of Orlando and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority — then finance it, build it and begin operations.

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This would become really interesting as soon as they can connect the major resorts. Will be interesting to see if Disney will allow it on property to their Transportation Center or if it have to end off property and likely not connected by Disney buses - if the latter this is dead before birth...

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