Why The US Has No High-Speed Rail – YouTube

 

China has the world’s fastest and largest high-speed rail network — more than 19,000 miles, the vast majority of which was built in the past decade. Japan’s bullet trains can reach nearly 200 miles per hour and date to the 1960s. They have moved more than 9 billion people without a single passenger causality. casualty France began service of the high-speed TGV train in 1981 and the rest of Europe quickly followed. But the U.S. has no true high-speed trains, aside from sections of Amtrak’s Acela line in the Northeast Corridor. The Acela can reach 150 mph for only 34 miles of its 457-mile span. Its average speed between New York and Boston is about 65 mph. California’s high-speed rail system is under construction, but whether it will ever get completed as intended is uncertain. Watch the video to see why the U.S. continues to fail with high-speed trains, and some companies that are trying to fix that. » Subscribe to CNBC: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC » Subscribe to CNBC TV: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision » Subscribe to CNBC Classic: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassic

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(euronews.com) – Hundreds’ injured in South Africa rail collision

Over 200 people have been injured in a rail collision near Booysens station in South Africa, local media reports.

Train company Metrorail said at least a hundred of those suffered serious injuries, although none are thought to be critical.

Several were taken to nearby hospitals, while paramedics treated others at the scene in Gauteng, south of Johannesburg.

Officials at the site say one train rear-ended another. Both are believed to have been Soweto-bound commuter trains.

Metrorail spokeswoman Lillian Mofokeng said:
“I can confirm that it is a rear-end collision. Two trains were travelling behind each other on a similar, single track.”

There are no reported casualties. Injuries are said to range from neck and back strains to bone fractures.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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