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China Initiates Fastest Bullet Train Service

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  • Richard Risemberg
    Interesting BBc report--the most interesting part of which to me was that the Chinese built the line in just four years. Europe s had HSR for decades, Japan
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 11, 2009
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      Interesting BBc report--the most interesting part of which to me was
      that the Chinese built the line in just four years.

      Europe's had HSR for decades, Japan for nearly half a century--and
      the US is still doing "studies." Why?

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8406910.stm?ls

      Rick

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    • Karen Sandness
      It s even worse than that. Vietnam (yes, THAT Vietnam) is looking at building high-speed rail. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20091212a1.html HANOI
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 12, 2009
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        It's even worse than that. Vietnam (yes, THAT Vietnam) is looking at
        building high-speed rail.

        http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20091212a1.html

        HANOI (Kyodo) Vietnam has decided to adopt Japan's bullet-train system
        for a high-speed rail link, officials knowledgeable about the
        situation revealed Friday.

        Vietnam's decision was delivered to Japan when Prime Ministers Nguyen
        Tan Dung and Yukio Hatoyama met on the sidelines of the first summit
        between Japan and five Mekong-region countries in Tokyo in early
        November, the officials said.
        Vietnam's Parliament is expected to officially decide on the project
        next May, they said.

        However, Vietnam may face difficulty in starting the project as the
        country has yet to work out concrete steps to procure the funds.
        Construction of a bullet-train system of this size, running through
        Vietnam north and south, is estimated to cost at least ¥5 trillion.

        Currently, development loans from Japan and other international aid
        agencies are being considered, they said. But whether Tokyo should
        provide loans for the project is under question within the government
        because the railways's business feasibility is uncertain.

        According to Hanoi's blueprint of the high-speed railway system, the
        Japan International Cooperation Agency will be consigned research work
        before the specifics of the project take shape.

        Tentatively considered are a 280-km section between Hanoi and Vinh,
        the capital of Nghe An Province, and another 380-km section between
        Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang, the capital of Khanh Hoa Province.

        According to Japan's transport ministry, the format of shinkansen
        technology can save construction and maintenance costs compared with
        rival TGV and ICE railways. One reason is that support structures
        along the tracks, such as tunnels, are smaller, the ministry said,
        adding that antiquake specifications are also superior to its rivals.

        Given the global concerns over climate change, many countries want
        energy-efficient railway systems so they can reduce carbon-dioxide
        emissions. The transport ministry has set up a special section to help
        promote bullet-train technology overseas.

        "We will pursue this course with all our might, because this will
        strengthen Japan's economic growth," a ministry official said.

        Regarding the Vietnamese project, South Korea has also shown interest
        in taking part, industry sources said, adding that South Korean
        President Lee Myung Bak informally conveyed Seoul's interest when he
        visited Vietnam in October.

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        I know that South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand are either considering
        or building high-speed rail.

        Yesterday, several readers of the online NY Times responded to David
        Brooks' assertion that the U.S. has a higher standard of living than
        Europe by noting that whenever they came back to the States from
        Europe or East Asia, they noticed how shabby everything looks here.

        In transit,

        Karen Sandness
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