The World's Longest High-Speed Rail Networks #infographic

The World's Longest High-Speed Rail Networks #infographic

Last year, a $929 million grant for the high-speed rail network in California was reported to be cancelled in a significant blow to U.S. high-speed rail ambitions. In high-speed rail, the US still trails most of the developing world, lagging well behind China and Europe when it comes to kilometers of operational track. China has made tremendous strides in constructing a high-speed rail network over the past 15 years , in line with its meteoric economic trajectory. According to UIC, The Worldwide Railway Organization, it had just over 35,000 km in service in February 2020 and this accounts for about two thirds of high-speed rail worldwide.

Japan was the first country to build high-speed rail lines, and today it operates the Shinkansen or bullet train over 3,000 km of track. Spain has an similarly long 3,330 km network while France and Germany have 2,734 km and 1,571 km respectively. The U.S. had just 735 km of track in place at the beginning of this year, a number which is unlikely to rise any time soon.


The World's Longest High-Speed Rail Networks #infographic

infographic by: www.statista.com

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