Japanese “levitating” train passes successfully tested





Currently L-Zero , claiming to be the longest and fast maglev train, the train is running on the maglev can reach speeds of 500 km / h This was proved by repeated trials, held last week in the Land of the Rising Sun. However, it should be noted that the Japanese L-Zero managed to drive only 24 km road test, and the fact that prior to the official launch of the world’s fastest train is more than 10 years.

After five years of red tape, starts and stops, Central Japan Railway Co., The main railway company operating in central Japan, began the construction of a magnetic road between Nagoya and Tokyo – a line length of 286 kilometers, which is L-Zero will be overcome only 40 minutes by 2027. At the same time, at best, high-speed trains run this distance in 95 minutes. For example, a train company Amtrak Acela distance is 3 hours 40 minutes at a speed of 338 km / h

JR Central hopes that by 2045 it will be able to expand the line to Osaka, which subsequently reduces the load from overloaded with flights between the two cities. The company intends to build a maglev line right next to the airport in Shanghai and thus help relieve the line of slower trains coming in Nagoya.

Despite the promising outlook, all conceived can spoil the decreasing level of Japan’s population. According to forecasts by 2027 the number of population could fall from 127 to 117 million people, and by 2060 this figure could reach 80 million altogether. Now imagine how much money is needed for the development of such infrastructure, if only one line of magnetic construction of the road to Nagoya in mind difficult terrain and the difficulty of construction of tunnels through the mountains and could cost the country $ 90 billion.

Therefore, the news agency Bloomberg notes that the entire project may face long delays, if the downward trend of the population in this country will continue. If the population is low, it also greatly reduces the need for such train.

Fortunately, JR Central is a company with a very large income. Only in the last financial year it earned net 2.95 billion. Therefore, the available assets and credit transactions likely will be able to cover the cost of construction. Moreover, Japanese analysts point out that if you want (and it definitely will in the future) JR Central can make your train is much faster. In addition, she JR Central believes that the quality of service provided as part of their trip to the Maglev can convince people to rely less on the airline. In this case, the predicted cost of tickets for L-Zero will be only 700 yen higher than the current cost of a ticket on the bullet train, running at the moment on the railways in Japan.
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