Cities are by and large defined by their ability to connect information, services and people, and in most countries around the world this contributes to over 50% of GNP. Their ability to survive and grow relies on the access in these areas to be both efficient and sustainable.
Linear Motor propulsion is ideal in meeting these operating requirements. It can negotiate steep hills with ease and most importantly can stop precisely at stations regardless of weather conditions, making it a more reliable alternative for public transport.
LIMs have been adopted in cities all around the world, each of which have resonated with the success that linear motors can bring.
SHANGHAI MAGLEV TRAIN
The Shanghai Maglev train (also called the Shanghai Transrapid) is a single line, magnetic levitation train operating in Shanghai, China. It was the third of its kind to ever be used commercially. It is, in fact, the fastest commercial electric train in the world, completing its 30km journey from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Central Pudong in just 7 minutes 20 seconds.
TOKYO'S LINEAR METRO
Known locally as the Toei Ōedo Line, this metro system in Tokyo uses linear motor propulsion, whilst still having a wheel/track contact.
It differs from the Maglev Train in that it operates at lower speeds of 43mph, but has to stop at 38 different stations along its route.