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

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

Last year, it was reported that a $929 million grant for California's high-speed rail network was cancelled in a significant blow to US high-speed rail ambitions. The US still trails most of the developing world on high-speed rail, lagging well behind China and Europe when it comes to kilometers of operating track. During the past 15 years, China has made enormous strides in constructing a high-speed rail network in line with its meteoric economic trajectory. It had just over 35,000 km in service in February 2020, according to UIC, The Worldwide Railway Organization, and this accounts for around two thirds of high-speed rail around the world.

Japan was the first country to construct high-speed rail lines, and today it operates over 3,000 km of track on the Shinkansen or bullet trains. Spain has a 3,330 km network which is equally long, while France and Germany have 2,734 km and 1,571 km respectively. By the beginning of this year, the U.S. had just 735 km of track in operation, a number which is unlikely to grow any time soon.

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

infographic by: www.statista.com

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