Earlier this month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, for a test ride on a superconducting magnetic levitation, or maglev, train developed by Central Japan Railway, known as JR Tokai. Foxx rode an experimental seven-car, 505kph train along with JR Tokai Chairman Emeritus Yoshiyuki Kasai and Japanese Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii, for about 25 minutes.
The experience was proof that the miracle of transportation has come this far, Foxx told journalists after the ride. He also unveiled a plan to spend $27.8 million to study the possibility of importing the maglev train into the U.S.
There are actually two US high-speed railway projects in the US, one that connects Dallas- Houston, Texas and it is expected to open in 2021 and a second project northeast maglev train that connects Washington to New York, but opening the Washington-Baltimore section first. No date for this opening yet.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ride an experimental maglev train in Yamanashi Prefecture in 2014. Nikkei.
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