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High Speed Train from DC to Baltimore Closer to Reality

Could this be the first true high speed train in the U.S?

A new high-speed train might be able to take passengers from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., in just 15 minutes, and the investment group which happens to be the Japanese government apparently likes the idea well enough to commit $5 billion in funding.

The Japanese government which hopes to showcase the technology behind superconducting magnetic levitation or “maglev” trains to commuters and travelers in the U.S. in a hope that it may lead to more development in metro areas around the country.

The proposal with a hefty $5 billion commitment was submitted on Wednesday with the Maryland Public Service Commission by Washington Rapid Rail LLC. According the the paper filed, the trains using magnetic maglev technology can reach speed of 300 mph.

In addition to the $5 billion commitment from the public Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the private Central Japan Railway Co. has agreed to waive any licensing fees for use of its maglev technology, wrote attorneys for the Annapolis-based Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail LLC.

The total cost of the Baltimore-to-Washington rail of the project is unknown and would depend largely on the final route of the mostly underground track.  The current estimate stands at a minimum of $10 billion for such a project.

High Speed Train from DC to Baltimore Closer to Reality Reviewed by Brandon on 10:07 PM Rating: 5

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