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

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

Last year it was announced that a grant of $929 million for the high-speed rail network in California was cancelled in a major blow to US high-speed rail ambitions. The US is also behind much of the developed world on high-speed rail, lagging way behind China and Europe when it comes to operating kilometers. China has made significant strides in building a high-speed rail network in line with its meteoric economic growth over the last 15 years. According to UIC, The Worldwide Railway Organization, it had just over 35,000 km in operation in February 2020 and this accounts for about two-thirds of high-speed rail around the world.

Japan was the first country to construct high-speed rail lines, and today it runs on the Shinkansen or bullet trains along 3,000 km of track. Spain has an equally long network of 3,330 km while France and Germany have 2,734 km and 1,571 km respectively. The US had just 735 km of track in service by the start of this year, a number that 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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