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America lags behind on high speed rail... but here are five ambitious projects taking shape

More than 20 countries – mostly in Europe and Asia – have modern fast train systems, while the US has yet to build its first, writes Luz Lazo. Here are the main developments underway to correct that

Tuesday 05 September 2023 11:02 BST
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<p>A Brightline train arrives at the Aventura train station this summer in Aventura, Florida </p>

A Brightline train arrives at the Aventura train station this summer in Aventura, Florida

It’s no secret the United States lags behind other developed nations in high-speed rail. More than 20 countries, mostly in Europe and Asia, have such railways, while the US has yet to build its first.

Proposals have come and gone, and projects have stalled for decades. The ambitions have ranged from traditional high-speed systems connecting mega-regions to a magnetic-levitation train to a hyperloop service with a train whisked through a tube.

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