Friday, August 1, 2008

World's Fastest Commercial Passenger Train comes to China

The RMB14.3 billion Beijing-Tianjin high speed rail service officially began this morning with the first train setting off from Beijing’s South Railway Station.

Operational just in time for the Olympics, the service reaches 350 kilometers per hour, making it the worlds fastest. Similar trains in Japan and Spain run at 320 kph, while in France, Germany and Italy they run at 300 kph (though France’s TGV holds the record for the world’s fastest train at 574.8 kph).

The service cuts the travel time between the two cities to just 30 minutes as opposed to the current two hours. The service will host 47 pairs of trains that will shuttle between the two cities, with a ticket costing RMB 69 for a first class seat and RMB 56 for the economy seat. When operating at full capacity, trains will depart every three minutes during rush hour.

via China Briefing

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