World’s longest high-speed rail line opens in China


China high speed train

China has been on the forefront of technology, especially in making public transportation a lot better for its residents. The country has again shown the world its potential to build high-speed rail lines by announcing the start of the world’s longest high-speed rail line to connect Beijing in the north to Guangzhou in southern China. The new train line is 2298km long and the time required by its high-speed train traveling at 300kph to complete the distance is just eight hours.

China has spend handsomely on its high-speed railway program despite some major setbacks such as the collapse of a line in Central China after heavy rains in March and the devastating bullet train crash in summer of 2011 which resulted in 40 fatalities. Trains on the new high speed line will run at 300kph with a total travel time of just eight hours, which before the new line was more than 20 hours.

The new line will also have stops in major cities along the way including Shijiazhuang, Wuhan and Changsha. USA Today reports that more than 150 pairs of high-speed trains will run on the new line each day.

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