What is high speed rail?



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    High speed rail is a term used to describe super-fast trains used as public and commercial transportation in various modern countries. France, for example, opened its high-speed rail system in 1981; Japan opened its system in the mid-1960’s. They normally run at about 150-200 miles per hour, although they can reach speeds up to 360 miles per hour. There is a definite movement to use high speed rail in the USA, since many people choose not to use public transportation or trains due to the perception that those modes of transportation are too slow, and thus they drive.

    There is one train line that comes close to being a high speed rail train in the USA. It is the Amtrak Acela, the Boston-NYC-DC line, that approaches speeds near 150 miles per hour on some parts of the trip.

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