A magnetically levitated train line between Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka has been in development since as far back as the 1970s. Now the Central Japan Railway (aka JR Tokai) recently got the go-ahead to “to proceed with construction” from the Japanese government.
The world’s fastest trains, maglev trains travel without touching the ground. Instead, they run levitated above their guideway by using repulsive and attractive electromagnetic forces between superconducting magnets on board the vehicle and coils on the ground.
The 9-trillion-yen ($112.44-billion) project will have trains travelling at 505 kilometers (313 miles) when finally built, going from Tokyo to Nagoya in about 40 minutes and Tokyo to Osaka in 67 minutes.
The Tokyo-Nagoya line is expected to start carrying passengers in 2027, and the Tokyo-Osaka one in 2045.