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Today, a Japanese magnetic levitation train broke its own world record for speed, previously at 313.792 mph to a new 374.687 mph. The train's owners, JR Central, ran the train at the speed today as part of a test near Mount Fuji and hopes to build a train line from Tokyo to Nagoya by the year 2027. The company was quick to state that passengers will not experience the train at the new world record speed, and that the old 313.792 mph is the standard operating speed.

Selling the Future

The costs of the line is expected to be around $100 billion, and by 2045 a second line linking Tokyo and Osaka is expected to be completed, making the total journey time between the two cities about an hour each way. The costs are estimated as high due to 80% of the route being via tunnel. Japan is also hoping sell the magnetic levitation or maglev technology overseas and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is due in the US this week with the expectations of possibly helping sell the idea of a line from New York to Washington. By comparison in terms of distance, 1 person could travel from New York to DC or Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in the span of just 1 hour.
@drwhat Honestly I'm just hoping they find the funding to do a project like this. I feel like the financial red tape would kill it in congress.
@Spudsy2061 Hopefully America can manage to get the plans and everything together and ready for it. Somehow, I feel like it will take far longer than it should for approval and moving forward.
I've heard of a few different possible routes in the US (particularly in the Eastern US) but none of it ever comes to be. Shame, really. Hopefully that'll change soon.
@drwhat The fact that a cross-country, saw NYC to LA train like this could take you from East to West coast in around 16 or 17 hours is unreal. I'm so ready for that.
@greggr Amazing isn't it? I can't fathom it either. @amog32 Aside from a few fires (like 3 or 4) there was one crash in German in 2006 that was the big like big accident. The MagLev trains have been in commission since 1971.
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