Japan's Bullet Trains to Top 310 MPH by 2025

High speed train technology is progressing at a rapid pace in Japan, where mag-lev bullet trains are planned to travel at speeds of more than 310 miles per hour by the year 2025.
March 25, 2009, 3am PDT | Nate Berg
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"From Nagoya to Tokyo, the scenery whizzes past in a dizzying blur as the sleek engine with its bullet-like nose floats the cars along elevated tracks -- without the clickety-clack of the lumbering U.S. trains that make you feel as though you're chugging along like cattle to market."

"These days, Californians dream of a future with high-speed elevated rails that would link Southern California and Las Vegas in less than two hours, or L.A. and San Francisco in just over 2 1/2 ."

"Japan, meanwhile, will soon have a class of train that could make the trips in less than half those times."

"By 2025, a network of bullet trains connecting major cities is to feature magnetically levitated, or maglev, linear motor trains running at speeds of more than 310 mph."

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Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in Los Angeles Times
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