The trains travel at an astonishing 315 miles per hour, and shrink the DC to
The MARC trains take approximately 40 minutes to complete the same journey, as long as there are no delays. However, during the last month, MARC reports that only 84% of their trains on the Penn Line have been on time. Some trains on the line have only a 69% rate of accuracy in arriving on time, belying complaints from riders who believe the system is inefficient.
The train is set to enter service into Japan, where it will become the fastest train in the world, surpassing China’s maglev system, which functions at a top speed of 268 miles per hour.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the offer this week during a visit to President Obama. Details of the offer were not made public, but it is believed that Japan offered additional incentives to entice participation. Japan is seeking the deal in the hopes that adoption by the United States will attract other customers. To date, Japan has not effectively been able to market the technology.
The trains attain their high speed by using magnets to levitate the train in the air, earning the title of “mag-lev” trains. Behind the project is The Northeast Maglev (TNEM), who has already raise $50 million for the project. Based in
“The Board, led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, includes three former governors of Northeast Corridor states — Republicans George Pataki of New York and Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Democrat Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania — and two former U.S. secretaries of transportation, Democrat Rodney Slater and Republican Mary Peters, as well as Kevin Plank, founder of Baltimore-based Under Armour, and former Northwest Airlines President & CEO Douglas Steenland.”
Prime Minister Abe, in a statement delivered at the New York Stock Exchange, had much to say about the proposal.
“Making use of this technology would connect
“In Japan, preparations are already well underway even now towards opening the
It is unclear if President Obama will accept the offer.
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