TASK FORCE TO EVALUATE THE DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION OF A MAGNETIC LEVITATION (MAGLEV) TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN MARYLAND BETWEEN BALTIMORE AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Thomas Deen, Co-Chair (chosen jointly by Senate President & House Speaker)
William S. Ratchford III, Co-Chair (chosen jointly by Senate President & House Speaker)

Appointed by Governor: Alan D. Doelp; Ernie A. Kent; Roscoe R. Nix; Anthony T. Rodgers; Moses Rodriquez; James C. Rosapepe.

Appointed by Senate President: James E. DeGrange, Sr.; Arthur Dorman; Edward J. Kasemeyer.

Appointed by House Speaker: Anne Healey; Mary Ann Love; Theodore Sophocleus.

Appointed jointly by Senate President & House Speaker: John Cefalu; Thomas Deen; William S. Ratchford III; Phillip Tarnoff; Otis Warren.

Appointed by Baltimore City Mayor: Alfred H. Foxx

Appointed by County Executive, Anne Arundel County: Ronald McGuirk

Appointed by County Executive, Baltimore County: Craig Forest

Appointed by County Executive, Howard County: Carl Balser

Appointed by County Executive, Montgomery County: Edgar A. Gonzalez

Appointed by County Executive, Prince George's County: Betty Hager Francis

Ex officio: T. Eloise Foster, Secretary of Budget & Management; David S. Iannucci, Secretary of Business & Economic Development; Roy W. Kienitz, Secretary of Planning; John D. Porcari, Secretary of Transportation.

Staff: Chere A. (Missy) Cassidy

c/o Office of Policy & Governmental Affairs, Dept. of Transportation
P. O. Box 8755
Harry R. Hughes Transportation Building, Baltimore/Washington International Airport, MD 21240 - 8755
(410) 865-1092; 1-888-754-0098 (toll free); fax: (410) 691-2198
e-mail: mcassidy@mdot.state.md.us

In August 2002, the Task Force to Evaluate the Development and Construction of a Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Transportation System in Maryland between Baltimore and the District of Columbia was created (Chapter 573, Acts of 2002). The Task Force examined the design, construction, operation, and financing of various potential structures of a maglev system to connect Baltimore and the District of Columbia. "Maglev" is short for magnetic levitation. Using maglev technology, a train can be operated by non-contact electromagnetic systems that lift, guide, and propel the vehicle forward at speeds up to 300 miles per hour.

Feasibility, benefits, and public and/or private funding of a maglev system were studied by the Task Force. Additionally, the Task Force made recommendations on the establishment of a State or multijurisdictional authority and the role to be played by the State in the construction of maglev system.

The Task Force reported its findings to the Governor and General Assembly in February 2003.

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