Japan to get 217 mph train Answered
The Shinkansen trains in Japan were already plenty speedy at 188 mph (300 kph), but now they're going to be upgraded to 217 mph (350 kph). I rode the train a few times a while ago and totally loved it. The countryside flew by as you tucked into a bento box. It was great and it was so comfortable.
Here in California there's a proposition on the upcoming ballot to pass a bond so that we can have a high-speed rail that takes you from SF to LA in 2.5 hours. I don't have a lot of reasons to go to LA, but when I do it would be nice to avoid playing the airport game (everyone loses!) or the driving game (slow down for the car crashes!). To finally get a high-speed train would be a dream.
Going metric would be nice, too. 350 kph sounds much better than 217 mph.