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China's Bullet Train Leapfrogs America's Amtrak

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/business/global/worlds-lon...

HONG KONG — China began service Wednesday morning on the world’s longest high-speed rail line, covering a distance in eight hours that is about equal to that from New York to Key West, Florida, or from London across Europe to Belgrade.

Bullet trains traveling 300 kilometers an hour, or 186 miles an hour, began regular service between Beijing and Guangzhou, the main metropolis in southeastern China. Older trains still in service on a parallel rail line take 21 hours; Amtrak trains from New York to Miami, a shorter distance, still take nearly 30 hours.

Completion of the Beijing-Guangzhou route is the latest sign that China has resumed rapid construction on one of the world’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure projects, a network of four north-south routes and four east-west routes that span the country.

Lavish spending on the project has helped jump-start the Chinese economy twice: in 2009, during the global financial crisis, and again this autumn, after a brief but sharp economic slowdown over the summer.

The hiring of as many as 100,000 workers per line has kept a lid on unemployment even as private-sector construction has slowed down because of limits on real estate speculation. And the national network has helped reduce toxic air pollution in Chinese cities and curb demand for imported diesel fuel, by freeing up a lot of capacity on older rail lines for goods to be carried by freight trains instead of heavily polluting, costlier trucks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/business/global/worlds-lon...



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Also leapfrogging the US - South Korea!

With internet speeds 200x faster than yours. For $27 per month!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/technology/22iht-broadband...

By the end of 2012, South Korea intends to connect every home in the country to the Internet at one gigabit per second. That would be a tenfold increase from the already blazing national standard and more than 200 times as fast as the average household setup in the United States.

A pilot gigabit project initiated by the government is under way, with 1,500 households in five South Korean cities wired. Each customer pays about 30,000 won a month, or less than $27.

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deacon's picture

that comparison between amtrak

and the high speed rail
is as close as comparing matchbox to nascar

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Leapfrog Amtrak ?

Not exactly a high frame of reference, now, is it ? I'd be willing to bet that almost anything could leapfrog amtrak. Not putting down the apparent high speed of this train, but just stating the fact that the comparison may not have been the best. :)

NY Times slant

"Lavish spending on the project has helped jump-start the Chinese economy twice"

Jump-start meaning spending but this could end up being a net loss as many other centrally planned projects are.

China has the money to waste but we don't. I'm glad we're not doing this.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

Yes Indeed

The Useless Times true to form. Government spending as the solution to an ailing economy.

I call BS.

leapfrog? lol

you could just walk around an amtrack. govt. at its best.

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" W. Durant

What are the chances

That America ever gets a train like that?

Slim, I'd say - next to none.

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deacon's picture

we do have them

but they are underground,but not for the peasants use
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence