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D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes?

So really? A 15-minute trip between D.C. and Baltimore? You could get to Camden Yards quicker than you could make it Nats Park!

Japan is well known for its super-efficient bullet trains. And while travelers in the U.S. always have been enamored with the idea of high-speed rail, efforts to build such as system have been stymied by myriad issues. According to The Telegraph newspaper, however, the Japanese government is eager to promote “Super-Maglev” trains — an even faster solution.

The D.C. to Baltimore link would be part of a large rail line that would connect D.C. with Boston. The proposal for the Maglev route was put forward last year by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during talks with President Obama, the newspaper reported. The Japanese government would be willing to pay half of the $8 billion it would cost to install the tracks.

According to The Telegraph:

“Maglev vehicles have no wheels and are propelled along their track through electromagnetic pull – doing away with friction and, hence, providing a smoother and quieter ride at a faster speed.

Conventional Maglev technology is already in use on a number of short routes around the world, but is limited to a speed of around 267mph.

Japanese “Super-Maglev” trains are already operating on test tracks at speeds of more than 310mph.”

Considering the bumpy road advocates have already encountered when it come to high speed rail, it’s pretty unlikely that we’ll see Super-Maglev trains anytime soon. But in a region looking for smart solutions for its congested roads, it’s always nice to dream.


Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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