China Starts Building Double Speed Maglev Test Track

China is building new faster prototype maglev train line. China existing high-speed trains are almost all faster versions of conventional steel wheels on steel rail trains. China only has one 19-mile long high-speed maglev train line from Pudong to the Shanghai International Airport. China has the longest network of conventional high-speed rail in the world. …

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Shortage of Funds for Shorter California High-Speed Rail

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently said the new goal for California’s High-Speed Rail project would be to complete a 171-mile long section between Merced and Bakersfield. The original goal objective was to link San Franciso and Los Angeles. The current costs estimates for Merced to Bakersfield is $16 to 18 billion. However, this is likely …

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California Governor Newsom Wants to Complete High-Speed Rail From Merced to Bakersfield

Newsom said California will complete a 110-mile (177 km) high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield. This would not meet the requirements of the original bond measure. California had originally planned to build a 520-mile system in the first phase that would allow trains to travel at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour …

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California’s High Speed Rail Project Will Collapse Within Four Years

There is a new report on the cost overruns on the California High-Speed rail project. Those no longer matter. The project will not get any meaningful money to complete any useful part. I predict this project will collapse within four years. I am giving myself a bit of leeway in this prediction. I think it …

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Rail, Grid and Trade will strengthen connections as power balance shifts in Asia

China, India and ASEAN all will have in the range of 5-8% per year GDP growth from now to 2030. This means they will nearly double or more than double their economies. India should surpass Japan’s GDP in terms of exchange rate GDP. ASEAN (Indonesia, Thailand, Phillipines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar) may …

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Whats next for megaregion integration after Hong Kong Superbridge?

China wants every part of the Pearl River Delta region commutable within about one hour. They have just opened the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world to connect Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai as part of this plan. China will triple the subway track in the area by 2030. The Shenzhen–Zhongshan Bridge is a bridge …

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Hong Kong to China high speed rail speed advantage tested

South China Morning Post writers had a race of plane and buses versus the new high-speed rail from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. * MTR and the mainland’s intercity harmony train – 3 hours 41 minutes, cost: HK$141 (USD18) * airplane MTR and taxi — 3 hours 43 minutes. Cost: HK$1,841.60 (USD236) * Kowloon-Canton intercity through-train. …

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France building 5 new high speed rail lines for $15.6 billion

France has approved 13.4 billion euros [USD15.6 billion] of investment into five new high-speed rail TGV lines. They will make the buildout over the next five years. This is an increase of 40% over the previous five-year high-speed rail budget. The Five new lines are * Bordeaux-Toulouse axis, the two stations of the two regional …

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China is spending millions on engineering and geological work for the 84 mile rail tunnel to Taiwan

In 2017, Chinese Academy of Engineering completed a detailed design for an 84 mile long Tunnel to Taiwan. The Academy is the largest central governmental advisory body on infrastructural construction. Beijing included a cross-strait high-speed rail network in its then-new five-year plan. But a lot of work has been need to get a viable technical …

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