China will look once again to satisfy its need for speed later this year with plans to boost the maximum speed of the Shanghai-Beijing high-speed rail line all the way up to 350 kilometers per hour.
The change, which is expected to take place around this year’s National Day (Oct. 1st), according to Caixin, will mean that travelers will be able to zip between the two cities in just 4 hours aboard the G1. Currently, those bullet trains crawl across the country at max speeds of only 300 kilometers per hour, making the 1,318-kilometer trip in an excruciating 4 hours and 49 minutes.
Railway officials are currently hard at work testing and getting ready for the big speed boost which will include both China’s old-school Hexie trains, as well as its newly-developed Fuxing bullet trains, which have a top speed of 400 kilometers per hour (along with more leg room).
When the Shanghai-Beijing HSR first opened back in 2010, officials decided to limit the line’s max speed to 300 kilometers per hour in order to cut down on operating and maintenance costs. But, of course, that sort of well-intentioned frugality could not last forever in China.
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