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Biden and Kishida talk about high-speed rail in the U.S.

Biden talks about the project (Via Ray Jones/Shutterstock)

President Joe Biden aims to revitalize plans for America’s first high-speed train system, utilizing technology from Japan’s bullet trains.

Discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his visit to Washington could reignite enthusiasm for this ambitious project.

Sources suggest that talks will focus on the Texas high-speed rail project, which aims to connect Dallas and Houston.

If both leaders publicly support the project, it could help secure federal funding. However, the estimated $25-30 billion cost faces challenges, including political opposition in Texas and Congress.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has expressed optimism about the project, highlighting its potential to transform transportation networks.

Biden And Kishida shake hands (Via Trent Baker/Shutterstock)

The proposed rail system aims to reduce travel time between the two cities from over three hours to just 90 minutes, marking a significant advancement in American infrastructure.

Efforts to establish such a system date back to the 1980s, but previous attempts stalled due to opposition from landowners and logistical issues. With backing from Biden and Kishida, the project may attract private investment and move closer to realization.

The 240-mile rail line, operated by Texas Central Partners and Amtrak, will incorporate Japanese shinkansen technology, with support from Japanese state lenders.

While Biden’s administration supports environmentally friendly policies and infrastructure investments, challenges remain. Some Republican lawmakers may oppose using public funds for the project.

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