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PostPost subject: Maglev entrepreneur: Don't be too quick with LRT spending    Posted: 18.03.2018 19:17

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Just hit pause on West LRT – that’s the message magnetic-levitation transit entrepreneur Dan Corns has for city council.

The world is on the cusp of a revolution – on-demand shuttles that will make LRT look slow, overbuilt and onerous, said Corns. Build a $2.24-billion rail line to the west end and it might look obsolete before it opens.

“When I started hearing those huge numbers, I started reaching out to the councillors to say, ‘Hey, there’s another option here,’ ” said Corns, the Edmonton-based founder of Magnovate.

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He founded the company in 2012 and won a contract from Transport Canada in 2014 to develop the switching technology. The next year, Magnovate built a short, six-metre demonstration track in California.

The company is close to signing a final contract to retrofit a five-kilometre people-mover line at the Toronto Zoo. If they can get that built under rules for a theme-park ride, Corns said Transport Canada has agreed to use that to write regulatory standards for urban applications.

That’s the big hurdle. Then they have a long list of interested parties, said Corns, listing off airports, a city in Saudi Arabia and an American theme park. “Everyone wants to be first to be second.”

But it’s coming, he said. Think of how much technology has revolutionized every other part of life. “All this you wouldn’t dream of 10 years ago.”


Ref: http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc....n-outdated-lrt-technology
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