Column: SMART foe Marin Supe. Arnold plans maglev presentation
- Published Saturday, September 1, 2007, by the Marin Independent Journal
Arnold aims to attract fans of magnetic rail
All About Marin
By Brad Breithaupt
Marin Supervisor Judy Arnold is no friend of SMART.
Arnold, who opposed the 2006 SMART train tax measure when she was
running for supervisor, hasn't warmed up to the proposed Marin-Sonoma
She's looking for alternatives and planning a public presentation on
medium-speed magnetic levitation. "Maglev" is a high-speed monorail-
type train that depends on electromagnetic force for friction-free
"I think it could be a 21st century solution, rather than a 19th
century solution," Arnold said.
Supervisor Charles McGlashan, a SMART board member and champion of
the train, said he's willing to listen.
The cost of construction and its heavy use of electricity have
prevented maglev from being seriously considered in the past.
Even though another SMART train tax is headed for the November 2008
ballot, McGlashan says he's open to alternatives.
"I'm willing to take a look, always," he said.