Albertans looking for faster travel in the province may be closer to having their prayers answered.

Magline Transit, a magnetic levitation technology, could take commuters from Edmonton to Calgary in under 45 minutes while only using solar power.

Travelling at speeds up to 500 kilometres-per-hour, it could also make stops at Red Deer, Calgary International Airport, or be used by companies to transport bitumen or goods.

Pioneered by Edmonton based Magnovate Technologies, the technology finally carries through on the promise of a high speed maglive transportation system, says CEO Dan Corns.

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  • Magline Terminal

  • Magline Transit

  • Bitumen Hauler

  • Bitumen Hauler

  • Bitumen Hauler

  • China's New High Speed Rail:

  • High Speed

    A passenger takes a photo with the new high speed train before boarding on the new 1,425-mile line between Beijing and Guangzhou. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Nice View

    The train driver of the new high speed train. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Stationary

    The view through the train's front window in Zhengzhou train station. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Stewardess

    A stewardess walks inside a high-speed train running from the Beijing to Guangzhou. (WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ceremony

    The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours, compared with the 22 hours previously required. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Milestone

    The train is the latest milestone for the country's rapid and sometimes troubled super fast rail network. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Cyclops

    Not all trains look the same...

  • Hub To Hub

    The opening of this new line means passengers will be whisked from the capital to the southern commercial hub in just eight hours. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Business Class

    The train is built for both speed and comfort. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rush Hour

  • Golden Ticket

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  • Maintenance

    A cleaner rides a tricycle past a high-speed train. (WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Business

    The seats took little time to fill. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • World's Most Scenic Train Trips:

  • Pride of Africa Journey, Rovos Rail

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">See More of the World's Most Scenic Train Trips</a></strong><br /><br /> Rovos Rail’s 14-day Pride of Africa journey starts in Cape Town, and then heads northwest through the entirety of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania before arriving in Dar es Salaam. Along the way, passengers stop for safari excursions at the Madikwe and Selous game reserves, bushwalks at Victoria Falls and Zambia’s Chisimba Falls and more. In between, the teak-paneled train, with its elegant old-world dining car and private sleeping suites, passes through spectacular landscapes like the dense bush of Botswana and Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, a savanna flat dotted with lonely acacia trees and teeming with wildlife. <em><a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em><br /><br /> <em>Photo: Courtesy of Rovos Rail</em>

  • Gems of India Tour, Maharajas’ Express

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">See More of the World's Most Scenic Train Trips</a></strong><br /><br /> When British tour operator Cox & Kings joined forces with Indian Railways to create the most luxurious train in the world, they spared no expense. Unveiled in 2010, and limited to 88 passengers on each trip, the train features lavish private suites with marble baths and large panoramic windows to take in the views. On the four-day, three-night Gems of India loop, which starts and ends in Delhi, passengers make stops to visit the resplendent Taj Mahal at Agra, take a tiger safari at Ranthambore National Park, and shop and watch an elephant-polo match in Jaipur. Along the way, passengers can marvel at the Hindu temples, village roads plied by camel carts and rivers lined with fishing boats. <em><a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em><br /><br /> <em>Photo: Courtesy of Maharajas Express</em>

  • Canadian Rockies Getaway, Rocky Mountaineer

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">See More of the World's Most Scenic Train Trips</a></strong><br /><br /> One of the most scenic train trips in North America, this nine-day loop out of Vancouver brings you to the stunning snowcapped peaks, glaciers, cobalt-colored lakes and plentiful wildlife (bear, moose, elk, bald eagles) of the Canadian Rockies. Aboard the train, both the SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf services offer a glass-domed roof so you can take in the mountain splendor in style. Instead of sleeper cars, guests spend all the nights at resorts in the region (which may include premier Fairmont properties at Lake Louise and Banff Hot Springs). Also included is a drive on the legendary Icefields Parkway to the Athabasca Glacier, a helicopter tour from Kananaskis and a gondola ride in Banff. <em><a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em><br /><br /> <em>Photo: Courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer</em>

  • Classic Whisky Journey, The Royal Scotsman

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">See More of the World's Most Scenic Train Trips</a></strong><br /><br /> As well as offering passengers more than 30 single malt scotches to choose from on board, <em>The Royal Scotsman</em> (operated by Orient-Express) runs a five-day Classic Whisky Journey that explores every aspect of Scotland’s most famous spirit. After departing from Edinburgh, the train makes stops at some of the country’s top scotch distilleries, including Glen Ord and Glenlivet; then, heading east along the coast, it passes through the seaside villages of Carnoustie, Arbroath and Aberdeen before arriving in the heart of the Speyside whisky region. The line then skirts Loch Luichart, the Torridon Mountains and the famous Eilean Donan Castle, where you can savor the magnificent views with (naturally) a glass in hand. <em><a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em><br /><br /> <em>Photo: Courtesy of Orient-Express Trains & Cruises</em>

  • Istanbul to Prague Journey, Danube Express

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">See More of the World's Most Scenic Train Trips</a></strong><br /><br /> Europe boasts many scenic and upscale train trips, but this 10-day Danube Express route is a classic. The journey starts in Istanbul and follows the glittering Bosporus into Bulgaria, then winds through Romania’s 8,000-foot-high, thickly forested Carpathian Mountains before making stopovers in the picturesque, historic cities of Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Kraków and finally Prague. The itinerary also includes visits to some rarely seen Eastern European gems, like Bulgaria’s Tsarevets Castle and the medieval village of Sighisoara, Romania (where Dracula was supposedly born). The train itself has all the comforts of a hotel, including suites with large windows and private bathrooms, a posh dining car and even live piano music in the lounge car. <em><a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em><br /><br /> <em>Photo: Courtesy of Danube Express</em>

  • Alaska National Parks by Rail, Alaska Railroad

    <strong><a href="" target="_hplink">See More of the World's Most Scenic Train Trips</a></strong><br /><br /> Most visitors to Alaska arrive via cruise ship along the Inside Passage, reaching only the southwestern end of the state. But this six-day train trip, which traverses both Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks, allows for true appreciation of Alaska’s natural beauty. The route takes in the jagged peaks, lonely forest and rugged coastline, including a stop at the base of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain. Passengers stop to cruise among the glaciers and whales of Kenai Fjords, raft amid the icebergs at Spencer Glacier and hike in Denali. Though the train has comfortable seating and a luxe dining car, nights are spent at off-train lodging, like the Grande Denali Lodge and Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood. <em><a href="" target="_hplink"></a></em><br /><br /> <em>Photo: Alaska Railroad</em>

The technology has been called a cheaper and faster alternative to "corrupt high speed rail," an "out-of-this-world transportation plan," and been featured in the Silicon Valley Journal.

Consumers would pay $60-$75 to travel between the two cities, with costs expected to go down once ridership increases. Pitched as a public-private partnership, the company proposes to have the $3.4 billion system built in 4-5 years.

"The system could be completely energy independent," Corns told The Huffington Post Alberta, and might even generate more energy than it would consume.

It would be built on an elevation of 15 to 20 feet, allowing for roads and fields to co-exist under it.

"We could have the system service bedroom communities that are along the Edmonton to Calgary corridor," says Corns.

The company has had initial talks with government officials and say there is a lot of "positivity" concerning the project.

The technology has been used in China, Japan and Germany and boasts a perfect safety track record, according to Corns.

It would transport "people, goods and bitumen and really any other natural resource that might pass through Alberta," he says.

The proposal comes at the same time when Elon Musk, co-founder of the electric car Tesla, announced he's working on a high-speed rail called Hyperloop.

Silicon Valley's technology reporter Preeti Upadhyaya says Magline Transit proposes a more realistic timeline and could be a lot cheaper than Hyperloop.

Magnovate Technologies, which also has an office in San Jose, say their system is cheaper than current ones being used in China and other countries. It also has a passive switching technology, allowing for trains to change tracks and stop without interrupting the main line.

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