World's Fastest Trains
Courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority
California High-Speed Rail, USA
Operating Speed: 220 mph (estimated)
Record Speed: Unknown
Launch Date: 2029 (estimated)
Construction has started on San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center, northern terminus of the high-speed route. If it’s ever finished, the Golden State’s high-speed rail network will whisk passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in three hours. Crews were supposed to break ground in July 2013 on an initial 130-mile segment between Bakersfield and Fresno, but that has been delayed indefinitely. Court battles and a $69 billion price tag are two of the hurdles in the way of California’s high-speed future.