Tuesday, 12 May, 2009 Environment

High-speed Solar Bullet Train Might Travel Through Arizona by 2018


A company from Tucson looks forward to develop a high-speed train that would run on solar energy. Currently the project is in idea stage. According to preliminary estimations, the first phase of the project might require $27 billion.

For the first phase the developers have the idea of creating a train system that would link Tucson and Phoenix. As soon as the idea is brought to life, it is planned to expand the system north to Grand Canyon and south to Nogales. The developers expect to activate the train system in 2018.

The idea to build a solar bullet train came to the founders of Tucson-based Solar Bullet LLC, Bill Gaither, retired civil engineer, and his business partner Raymond Wright. They look forward to develop a sun-powered train that would achieve a speed of 220 mph and would run on 4 tracks.

According to Gaither, the inner 2 tracks are going to be used for nonstop journey from Tucson to Phoenix. The remaining tracks are going to serve 6 intermediate stations that will be located in Chandler, Maricopa, Casa Grande, Eloy, Red Rock and Marana.

The solar bullet train will need 110 megawatts of electricity. The power will be produced by solar panels installed overhead. For more information visit: AzStarBiz

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