PHOTO CAPTION: China's High-Speed Rail travels faster than 300 km/h.

China Inaugurates World's Longest Bullet Train Service

2,300 kilometer high-speed electric train line links Beijing with Gaungzho, traveling in excess of 300 km/h, but price of ticket is three times that of 'slow' train.

Published: 26-Dec-2012

BEIJING - China on Wednesday opened the world’s longest high-speed rail line that more than halves the time required to travel from the country’s capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in southern China.

The opening of the 2,298 kilometer (1,428 mile)-line was commemorated by the 9 a.m. departure of a train from Beijing for Guangzhou. Another train left Guangzhou for Beijing an hour later.

China has massive resources and considerable prestige invested in its showcase high-speed railways program.


Illustration of proposed California High-Speed Rail

State Senate voted Friday to approve the first $8 billion allocation for the project

Joseph Szabo, Federal Railroad Administration

Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo highlights the economic benefits already being produced by high-speed rail investments that are now generating orders for 460 companies in the US Midwest, alone.

Illustration of California high-speed rail station.

The initial 65-mile stretch between Fresno and Merced will be exempt from the customary requirement that railway construction first obtain prior approval from the federal board.


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