The Federal Ministry of Transport wants a feasibility study to investigate the use of maglev trains in local transport. One wants to check what technical, economic and ecological potential the technology also has in comparison to other means of transport such as subway, regional train or tram, said Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU).
It is a "completely new magnetic levitation system" developed by the construction group Max Bögl. The trains of the Transport System Bögl (TSB) travel up to 150 kilometers per hour, in the tunnel as well as on stilts or at ground level. There has been a test track in Sengenthal in Upper Palatinate since 2017.
The concrete implementation of magnetic levitation technology is to be checked at Munich Airport. The airport operators expect an increase in traffic flows on the area of the airport in the coming years. Against this background, the aim is to improve mobility on the site, said CEO Jost Lammers.
The Bögl company was part of the industrial consortium that once wanted to build the Transrapid. The project failed. According to the company, the now planned train is designed for distances of up to 50 kilometers. An estimated cost of between 30 million and 50 million euros is incurred per kilometer of travel.