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World's Fastest Commuter Trains - Turtle Rails in the US by Comparison



The title 'World Fastest Commuter Train' goes to China's Shanghai Maglev Train, using magnetic-levitation (maglev) technology.  It is capable of reaching 311 mph (501 km/h) with a top operational speed of 268 mph (431 km/h).

That is at least 4 times faster than cars driving on typical highways in the U.S., would be a perfect mode of transportation to travel through major cities only if we could have such a luxury in a foreseeable future.  The rest of the world is moving ahead at a very fast pace as technological advancements are made.

High speed trains in South Korea, China, and throughout Europe typically travel at over 200 mph (322 km/h), proving to be a viable alternative to airlines.

Japan is expecting to break the record in 2027 when L0 trains, also based on maglev, are completed and ready to take passenger between Tokyo and Nagoya at 310 mph (499km/h) in daily operation speed.

In comparison, the fastest train in the States can travel at 150 mph (241 km/h) with the actual operating speed of around 80 mph (129 km/h), partly due to local speed limits.  That sounds so outdated! The passenger in Japan were already traveling at a higher speed 50 years ago using 'Shinkansen' trains at 130 mph (209 km/h)

The very first high speed rail in the U.S. may be the California High-Speed Rail between Anaheim and San Francisco. It is projected to be completed by 2028, but construction has not even began even though $8 billion was allocated by the Federal government back in 2009.


The absolute fastest train speed ever recorded, as reported by Guinness World Records, was Japanese prototype JR-Maglev MLX01, which was clocked at 361 mph (581 km/h) during a test run in 2003. In 2007, a specially tuned model of the French TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) reached 357 mph (575 km/h), earning it the world record for the fastest conventional train.



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