Ricardo has revealed today that it will participate in a strategic partnership led by Florida EMMI – a wholly owned subsidiary of American Maglev Technology Inc. (AMT) – to deliver the first commercial Maglev rail project in North America.
The Florida Department of Transportation, representing a selection committee including the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the Orlando County Expressway Authority, the City of Orlando and Orange County, selected Florida EMMI for the “Lease of Rights of Way For Fixed Guideway Transportation System”, for a project connecting the Orlando International Airport and the Orange County Convention Center. The decision was broadly covered recently by news media.
Led by EMMI, the partnership includes AMT, Spanish construction conglomerate ACS Industrial North America, Ricardo Inc. and several local Orlando-based companies. Ricardo brings its transportation experience to this strategic partnership, and will take on the role of vehicle systems integrator for the maglev monorail trains.
“I’m delighted to be part of an American first” said Tom Apostolos, president of Ricardo Inc. “Ricardo is active across a wide range of mass transit technologies, from conventional steel wheel/steel rail to monorail systems. We are extremely pleased to be working on North America’s first maglev with AMT, a company that I believe is leading the future of mass transportation for central Florida.”