Will a maglev train float through Virginia Beach after flopping at ODU?

Posted at 6:38 AM, Apr 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-01 12:59:20-04

It was a $16 million flop at ODU, but now a developer wants a second chance to build a floating train.

This time, he wants to do it in Virginia Beach, and city leaders are interested.

It looks like a magic trick. Flip a switch, and this train car literally hovers above the track, floating on a magnetic field.

This is what Tony Morris wants Virginia Beach to buy, a maglev train connecting Town Center to the Oceanfront. He promotes this as the future of transportation, a system far better and far cheaper than light rail.

It's a pitch he's made before.

This company is promising a lot to Virginia Beach, but can it deliver? We checked out this company's claims, and dug into its past - a past that left taxpayers holding the bag.

Is this company finally on track? Or is it taking Virginia Beach for another ride?

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