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The fastest train the United States is the Acela Express, which travels between Washington DC to Boston at speeds as high as 150 miles per hour (though the average speed is lower than that). Trains are a lot faster elsewhere in the world, especially in Europe and Asia. One of the fastest commercial trains in the world is the Shanghai Maglev Train, which travels up to 268 miles per hour.
Japan is looking to surpass China with a new train that can go more than 310 miles per hour. Passengers got an opportunity to ride the new train this week:
Train fans have experienced the speed of super-fast maglev trains, during test runs for members of the public in central Japan.
One hundred passengers whizzed along a 42.8km (27 mile) route between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki, reaching speeds of up to 500km/h (311mph).
The Central Japan Railway Company is running eight days of testing for the experimental maglev Shinkansen train on its test track in Yamanashi Prefecture.
The maglev trains are even faster than Japan’s famous bullet trains, which currently travel at about 320km/h (200mph).
They use magnetic levitation, hence the name, to “float” above the train tracks.
What’s being tested this week is the first section of a longer route that is slated to be finished in 2027. The Daily Mail reports that “When completed in 2027, their exceptional speed capacity will cut the travel time by half, linking Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station with Nagoya in about 40 minutes, a journey which currently takes approximately 80 minutes.”
Could technology like this come to the United States? Amtrak released a proposal in 2010 that could allow trains to carry passengers from Washington to New York in as little 96 minutes, and from New York to Boston in just 84 minutes. But building the system would cost $117 billion and the project won’t be finished until 2040 at the earliest.
Original Source: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/16/7230107/japane-maglev-bullet-train