The concept combines magnetic levitation, which floats vehicles on a bed of magnets to reduce friction, with a tube from which air has been drawn to create a vacuum. Traditional trains moving through a tunnel push the air ahead of them, which creates resistance.
Oster's projected construction costs are relative to the current costs of high-speed rail proposals in the United States. He states a 2003 analysis of his technology by a team of experts concluded the cost of a 350 mph system would be about $2 million per miles. Oster believes his transportation concept could become a reality within the next decade. His company does not plan to build any syatems, rather it sells licenses to the patented technology.