The 10 Fastest Trains in the World
"1. Shanghai Maglev: 267 mph
The world’s fastest train isn’t the newest, the shiniest, or even the one with the most expensive tickets. Charging $8 per person, per ride, the Maglev runs the nearly 19 miles from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport to the Longyang metro
3/"station on the outskirts of Shanghai.

2. Fuxing Hao CR400AF/BF: 249 mph
China wins again, also serving as home to the world’s fastest non-maglev train currently in service.

3. Shinkansen H5 and E5: 224 mph [Japan]
4. The Italo and Frecciarossa: 220 mph [Italy]
"5. Renfe AVE: 217 mph [Spain]
6. Haramain Western Railway: 217 mph [Saudi Arabia]
7. DeutscheBahn ICE: 205 mph [Germany]
8. Korail KTX: 205 mph [South Korea]
9. Eurostar e320 and TGV: 200 mph [Eurostar trips of around two hours between Brussels, Paris, London and Amsterdam]
"10. Thalys: 186 mph
Connecting Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Cologne with multiple daily services, the Thalys is one of Europe's most important train lines for both leisure and business travelers."

And slower than last: Amtrak's Acela Express
6/"High-speed rail in the United States

Amtrak's Acela Express (reaching 150 mph, 240 km/h) is the US’s only high speed rail service. Acela trains will reach top speeds of 165 mph (265 km/h) when new trains enter service, and 186 mph (300 km/h) in the coming years.”
7/When will coast-to-coast high speed rail be built in the USA?

“I saw our future the same way I always did: looking out Amtrak’s windows.” - Joe Biden in Amtrak’s Arrive magazine

Could “Amtrak Joe” Revolutionize Public Transport?
8/“If Joe Biden wants to expand the railway, he’ll have to learn from historical failures.

Amtrak Joe” loves trains. He has taken Amtrak round trips between Delaware and Washington, D.C., some 8,200 times...

Biden faces some hurdles when it comes to translating his train
9/"enthusiasm into policy:

“I think public transport is painful. It sucks,” [Elon] Musk told a crowd in 2017. “Why do you want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn’t leave where you want it to leave, doesn’t start where you want it to start, doesn’t end
10/"where you want it to end? And it doesn’t go all the time.”

Still, surely electing a train fan to the highest office in the land should have some effect. And Biden seems game: To paraphrase one of America’s greatest locomotive folk heroes, he thinks he can. In December 2019,
11/"he claimed that his presidential administration “will spark the second great railroad revolution to propel our nation’s infrastructure into the future and help solve the climate emergency.” If he’s set on that, researchers say, there are a few lessons he could learn from
12/"previous failed efforts."

Is Biden talking about the USA's first bullet train? Or just an upgraded Amtrak? Maglev (magnetic levitation)?
"Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation) is a system of train transportation that uses two sets of magnets:
13/"one set to repel and push the train up off the track, and another set to move the elevated train ahead, taking advantage of the lack of friction. Along certain "medium-range" routes (usually 320 to 640 km [200 to 400 mi]), maglev can compete favourably with high-speed rail
14/"and airplanes."
16/“In December 2019, [Biden] claimed that his presidential administration “will spark the second great railroad revolution to propel our nation’s infrastructure into the future and help solve the climate emergency.”

Does a "second great railroad revolution" mean Maglev?
17/I'm not sure if Amtrak Joe even knows want a Maglev train is. He seems to have the mindset of:

“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” of the Little Engine That Could:

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18/Joe Biden is the classic Timex watch in a digital age and the kicker is that a so-called "second great railroad revolution" doesn't even address the other components of USA's infrastructure - the “foundations of the country's economy: its network of
19/"roads and railways, drinking-water systems, power plants, electrical grids, industrial waste sites and even homes."

State U Biden doesn't have the smarts that are prerequisite to engineering the USA's first bullet train. We are being taken for a ride on Joe Biden's Amtrak.

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