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What would a high-speed train look like in America?

J-P Mauro - published on 08/30/17

This video shows where the lines would take you.

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There has been a lot of news from the train industry this year, from Elon Musk’s dream of a Hyperloop system to Japan breaking its own world record with a train that can travel at nearly 400 mph. In America, however, the trains move much slower. Currently the fastest train in America is the Acela Express, which is capable of 150 mph but is usually kept between 80 and 90.


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Business Insider put together this hypothetical graphic video that shows what the tracks of a modern day bullet train across America would look like, as well as the difference between traveling on these dream lines and the current system. The bullet trains would travel at 220 mph and could cut the travel time from New York to Las Angeles from 80 hours to a mere 20.

While this is still a far cry from the 6 hours it would take by plane, if you take into account the time it takes to get through airport security before each flight, while planes are still faster, a train may be more convenient.

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