Friday, April 15, 2011

Learn from China - slow the high-speed trains

Obama, listen to your leader: slow the high-speed trains. China is doing it.

UPI News

China's new railway minister says the country's much-acclaimed high-speed trains will run a little slower to help reduce costs for passengers.

Sheng Guangzu, successor to Liu Zhijun, who was ousted by China's anti-corruption watchdog, told the Communist Party's People's Daily the high-speed trains would run at 300 kilometers per hour (186 mph) beginning July 1, instead of 350 kmph (217 mph) as planned.

The minister said only the four east-west and four north-south artery lines of the high-speed rail network would run trains at 186 mph, while inter-city lines would operate at speeds between 200 kmph (124 mph) and 250 kmph (155 mph). In other changes, most trains in central and western China would run slower than 124 mph.

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