The Other Orangeline: From the OC to LA and Quickly
According to their little graphic flash animation, you will be able to get from Irvine to Union Station in 27 minutes. Then from Union Station to Santa Clarita in 15 minutes.
All this by 2012? So they say: "The $18.7 billion project is planned to be privately funded with a target date for beginning operation as early as 2012." Welcome to the California Orangeline Development Authority, which is trying to gain momentum for a high-speed MagLev train.
A what? How does it work? "Magnetic levitation transport, or maglev, is a form of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles via electromagnetic force. This method can be faster than wheeled mass transit systems, potentially reaching velocities comparable to turboprop and jet aircraft (500 to 580 km/h)" (Wikipedia).
For good videos on Japan's test MagLev and Shanghai's current MagLev, it's after the jump.