Riding on Rails

March 25, 2016

Trains are making a comeback!

From the 1800s through the early 1900s, trains were the favored way to travel. But with the invention of automobiles and airplanes, trains became a thing of the past — at least in the United States. Unlike the U.S., Europe and Asia continued to improve their railways. Recently, one of Japan’s newest bullet trains reached a speed of 366 miles per hour. That’s really fast!

Amazing, right? We think so and so do the people of California. In 2008, the people of California voted for a high speed rail system. Nearly eight years and many obstacles such as budget issues (the project cost is expected to double to $43 billion!), lawsuits filed by angry landowners, and changes in the rail system itself later, the project is finally moving forward.

What is the speed of the fastest train in United States today?