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.