29 Sep '14, 5am

Japan

Japan

Japan is betting big on maglev technology. The country wants to successfully demonstrate that maglev can work as they want to export the technology. Recently, the Japanese government offered a $5 billion down payment to build a maglev train that would take passengers from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes, with plans to eventually extend to New York City. The only maglev train currently in operation is in China. The Shanghai Maglev Train travels 19 miles (30.5 km) from the airport to the city in seven or eight minutes at a top speed of 268 mph (431 km/h).

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