The Florida Department of Transportation has given the green light to start a project that could bring the nation's first magnetic floating train to Orlando.
[Scroll below to see train from OIA to I-Drive]
FDOT leaders gave American Maglev Technolgies to begin seeking right-of-ways from Orange and Osceola counties, Orlando International Airport and the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority to build the nation's first maglev (magnetic, levitating) train.
The trains float a few centimeters above a magnetic track, according to the company's website.
According to documents submitted to FDOT, American Maglev Technologies wants to build the train system in three phases.
The first phase would ferry passengers from Orlando International Airport to the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive.
The track would stretch 15 miles with five stations along the path, which would include the Florida Mall.
The train would operate 365 days a year, including weekends, and would travel at speeds of 50 mph, according to the documents.
The second phase would bring passengers five miles from the airport to the medical city area near Lake Nona.
The third phase would provide visitors transportation from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World, stretching 19 miles with four new stations.
The first phase would cost FDOT approximately $315 million, according to the documents.
Once approved, each phase would take about 18 months each to build.
AMT estimates it would take about two years to get full government approval for the first phase, which means any construction is still three years away.