The CDU and SPD in power in Berlin are planning a magnetic levitation train. CDU press spokesman Olaf Wedekind confirmed a corresponding report from rbb to heise online. There is still no date for the start of construction. A magnetic levitation train is comparatively cheaper to build than a subway line, said Wedekind. The partner for the project is the company Max Bögl with its transport system (TSB).
The test route now planned should be five to seven kilometers long. The railway should be operated autonomously, i.e. without drivers, and be able to transport both people and goods. According to rbb, the Berlin CDU parliamentary group leader Dirk Stettner expects costs of 80 million euros. These are not included in the double budget draft for the next two years – the route is to be financed via the so-called special climate fund.
The route of the route has not yet been determined, said Wedekind. Previous plans were canceled due to the serious accident on the Transrapid test track in Emsland in September 2006. In June 2020, the CDU state leader and current governing mayor Kai Wegner presented the proposal to build a magnetic levitation train, for example to connect BER airport or to open up new residential areas.
There was already a pilot project for a magnetic levitation train in Berlin. Between 1984 and 1991, the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe’s M-Bahn ran on a test route between Gleisdreieck in Kreuzberg and Kemperplatz in Tiergarten. The attempt was stopped and the facilities were dismantled to make room for the expansion of subway line 2.
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A magnetic levitation train called TSB…
(Image: Bögl transport system)
Bögl has previously been involved, among other things, in the first commercially operated magnetic levitation train in Shanghai. In April 2021, the TSB reached a top speed of 169 km/h on the 3.5 km long demonstration route in Chengdu, a new record for medium-low-speed maglevs. The TSB vehicles are operated with a levitation system consisting of a combined carrying and guiding function. A train can consist of two or more parts, with one vehicle part being able to transport up to 127 people.
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