- Registration time
- Last login
- Online time
- 9073 Hour
- Reading permission
A few updates about planned bullet trains in countries around the world:|
Beside the presently operational ( and under construction) bullet train lines in Japan, China, RoK and the EU following countries intend to enter the race:
USA - U.S. President Barack Obama, seeking both to stimulate the economy and promote his green-tech agenda, recently signed off on an $8 billion package to be used exclusively for developing a high-speed rail system in the U.S.
In addition, the state of California approved more than $9 billion in spending in 2008 on a proposal to build a high-speed rail link between San Francisco and Los Angeles, a project tentatively slated to begin in 2018. President Obama's scheme specifies nine other corridors in the U.S. as potential high-speed train routes.
Brazil - intends to build a high speed rail connection between the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo ahead of the 2014 Soccer World Cup.
Canada - is serious about a high speed rail connection between Ontario and British Columbia.
Vietnam - announced such a system by 2020 between Hanoi and HCMC and
In the Middle East, Turkey is ready to launch its own network, as is Morocco.
In short, a global boom is about to take place in high-speed rail. Who is going to capitalize?
The European players have been more active than their Japanese peers. France's Alstom, Germany's Siemens and Canada's Bombardier (acting primarily through a German-based subsidiary) have each developed and implemented major projects around the world.
Alstom, for example, is the world leader in high-speed rail, with 35 percent of the market, and has set up train systems in China, South Korea, Italy and Spain while completely dominating its home market of France. Additional projects include Morocco and Argentina, but the South American plan was frozen by the global credit crunch.
As for the California proposal, it's too early to tell if there is a front-runner for the contract. Computerized mock-ups show three distinct trains are in the running: one extremely similar to the Japanese N700, another similar to Alstom's TGV, and the last appearing to be Siemens's Valeo.
The Brazilian contract is said to be wide open as well, with official bids due in September. A Japanese consortium including representatives from Mitsubishi Heavy, Toshiba and Kawasaki Heavy began lobbying the Brazilian government last year, but it is no surprise that Alstom and Siemens are said to be interested.
In short, there is no lack of competition in the high-speed train industry.
In the end, the technological merits of each train alone probably won't be enough to clear the selection process for the various rail bids pending around the world. Successful political lobbying could have a crucial role to play, along with appeals to the public.
Part of the information was obtained from The Japan Times