Safe transportation

Over the last half century, Central Japan Railway developed a culture of safety and technology in the Tokaido Shinkansen “bullet train” operation. A combination of highly skilled personnel, extensive safety training, sophisticated technology, and continuous safety-related investment has resulted in an unparalleled 50+ year safety record. Bringing the SCMAGLEV system to the Northeast Corridor not only brings the technology, it will also bring this same safety dedicated culture to the US. The Tokaido Shinkansen operation has not had an accident resulting in injury to onboard passengers since commencing operations in 1964.

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The SCMAGLEV travels in a completely dedicated guideway, thereby eliminating the possibility of collisions with freight or other types of passenger vehicles. Additionally, the U-shaped design of the guideway itself prevents derailments.

The project will be “grade separated,” which means it will cross over or under all public roads and will have no intersections with people or vehicles, so there will be no cars waiting on trains to pass and no risk of trains interacting with cars.

At the heart of the SCMAGLEV system is a sophisticated train control technology.To ensure safety, trains are equipped with numerous failsafe and redundant safety systems.

SCMAGLEV has been approved as safe for humans and the environment, meeting strict magnetic field exposure guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). As part of the EIS process and the FRA’s review for safe train operation, magnetic fields and potential impacts will be evaluated in the EIS and by the FRA’s Office of Safety.

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