Is it possible for Beijingers to cut commute times AND housing costs – by moving further away?
Hyperloop dreams aside, America isn’t exactly leading the charge on High Speed Rail technology or planning. China opened its first HSR line in 2007 and, at the breakneck speed at which only China can build, continued to add another 5,800 miles to their network*. There are plans to nearly double that within the next two years. For reference, formal planning for the HSR line in California has been underway since the 1990s and has just entered the permitting process. Construction on the first segment may begin next year…maybe.