[photopress:current_Maglev_in_Shanghai.jpg,full,alignright]A report from the Ministry of Science and Technology states China will develop its own magnetically levitated (maglev) trains that can travel at speeds of up to 500 kilometers per hour. It said a 30-kilometer-long test line will be built before 2010.
They will almost certainly happen because they are listed in the ‘national scientific and technological support projects’ of the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010).
Wang Xiaofang, director of the ministry’s planning bureau said this aims in part to ‘solve crucial science and technology problems that hamper China’s economic and social development.’
China built a 30-kilometer-long maglev link from Shanghai to the city’s main airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, in 2003 using German technology. China has put 15 of its new ‘bullet’ trains into service to help deal with the crush of passengers before and after the Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day. The current ‘bullet’ trains have a maximum speed of 200kph.
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