High speed railway coming soon
July 19, 2010 | Posted by Chris
Construction on the highly anticipated Beijing-Shanghai high speed railway was entered a new phase today in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, as workers began to lay down tracks, Xinhua News reports. Started in April 2008, the Beijing-Shanghai high speed rail is expected to reduce railway travel time between the two major cities by more than half, down from an overnight 10-13 hour trip to 5 hours. In total the track will measure 819 miles, which is about the distance from New York City to Savannah, Georgia, and the project is expected to cost $32.5 billion USD and be completed in 2012. This high speed rail project is just one of many under the works in China, which sees high speed rail as the transportation of the future and expects to have over 8,000 miles of high speed track nationally by the end of 2012.