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Hogan: exploring Maglev tech between Baltimore/Washington represents huge opportunity

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan rode Central Japan Railway Company's (JR Central) Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) train Thursday in the Yamanashi Prefecture outside of Tokyo as part of a 12-day trade mission through Asia.

"Riding at more than 300 mph on a SCMAGLEV train with Governor Hogan today, we saw the potential for high-speed transit in America," said Wayne Rogers, Chairman and CEO of The Northeast Maglev. "Travel from Washington, DC to Baltimore in 15 minutes - or Washington, DC to New York City in an hour - would unlock the economic potential of Baltimore, Maryland and the greater Northeast Corridor. We appreciate Governor Hogan's interest in this project and we look forward to working with the Governor and other Federal, state and local agencies to make safe, high-speed travel a reality."

Hogan joined executives from the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and the Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail LLC (BWRR) to ride the 27-mile-long Yamanashi Maglev Line.

The high-speed rail line is equipped with Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (SCMaglev) technologies, which uses magnetic forces to accelerate trains to speeds of more than 300 miles per hour while levitating inches off the ground.

The JR Central train recently achieved a record-breaking 375 miles per hour.

The governor announced that Maryland has applied for $27.8 million in Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) funds, to support ongoing efforts by the private sector to bring SCMaglev trains to the Northeast region.

At an earlier meeting, Governor Hogan and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the State of Maryland and the Government of Japan. Specific areas of cooperation outlined in the MOC include high-speed rail, specifically SCMaglev.

"Exploring this new Maglev technology between Baltimore and Washington represents a huge transportation and economic development opportunity for Maryland," said Governor Hogan. "I'd like to thank Prime Minister Abe and officials with JR Central for their leadership and support of this initiative."

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