At what cost high-speed rail

High Speed Rail Association of Malaysia

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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