The Sun, 11 March 2013
MAGNETIC levitation (maglev for short) trains are to railways what Lamborghinis are to cars. Like Lamborghinis, maglev trains are super speedy, ultra-pricey and transportation’s status symbols.
Currently, there are only two commercial maglev trains globally – the 30km Pudong-Shanghai maglev and the 8.9km Aichi maglev, near Nagoya in Japan, built in 2005 at a cost of over US$100 million per km.
Given the exorbitant costs involved, Malaysia’s decision to rule out buying maglev trains is a relief.
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