Tuesday, May 11, 2010

And Speaking of Supertrains

News from a third world hellhole somewhere out there.

May 11 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood rode on a 502 kilometer-per-hour (312 mph) magnetic- levitation train in Japan, stoking optimism that the Asian nation may be able to sell the technology overseas.

“We are right at the beginning of an opportunity for American cities to be connected by high-speed trains,” LaHood said today after his 27-minute ride at a test track in Yamanashi, west of Tokyo. “I’m delighted with this opportunity to really experience all the technology.”