15 Nov '11, 10am

High-Speed Rail Expands Everywhere (Except The U.S.) | Care2 Causes

High-Speed Rail Expands Everywhere (Except The U.S.) | Care2 Causes

The number of countries offering high speed trains is expected to nearly double over the next few years, according to new research by the Worldwatch Institute for Vital Signs Online . Today, 14 countries offer some sort of high speed rail system as an alternative to automobile and plane transportation. By 2014 experts say high-speed trains will be operating in nearly 24 countries , including China, France, Italy, Japan, Spain and hopefully the United States. “The rise in HSR has been very rapid,” said Worldwatch Senior Researcher Michael Renner, who conducted the research. “In just three years, between January 2008 and January 2011, the operational fleet grew from 1,737 high-speed trainsets worldwide to 2,517. Two-thirds of this fleet is found in just five countries: France, China, Japan, Germany, and Spain. By 2014, the global fleet is expected to total more than 3,700 un...

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