Japan intends to build a super-high-speed train in the U.S. that would connect DC and Baltimore, making the trip between the two cities only 15 minutes long.
While the United States lacks high-speed train technology, Japan’s officials intend to bring the American rail system to the 21st century.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently suggested to the U.S. President Barack Obama that Japan would be willing to foot half of the $8 billion cost of building a super-high-speed rail line between DC and Baltimore that would shorten the 37-mile trip between the cities from an hour to just 15 minutes, according to the international press.
The train could be ready for use within around 10 years and it would be the first “Super-Maglev” line in the world, in which rail cars use electromagnets instead of wheels to move much faster along the tracks.
A regular maglev train in Shanghai averages 268 miles per hour along a 19-mile track. Japan’s proposed train would move at 310 miles per hour.
“The national government has shown interest,” Masahiro Nakayama, general manager of the Central Japan Railway Co., said. “But a number of the states in the northeast corridor—such as Maryland—are particularly keen for faster rail links and more advanced technology.”