Since Japan, China, France, Germany, Italy, ROC (Taiwan), Turkey, South Korea and Spain have developed high-speed rail to connect major cities. As of 2012 the maximum commercial speed on most high-speed rail lines was about 300 km/h (185 mph).
Proponents: HSR will reduce traffic burdens, provide an environmental benefit, and create jobs. If people come to favor the high speed rail lines over transit by car, especially over longer distances, there will be a positive effect for the environment, as far less pollution will be created overallSupporters of high speed rail say that the benefit to the community, the environment, and the economy far outweighs any costs.
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Detractors state HSR will eat the budget and reap no real rewards. Very few people will take the trains, opting instead for the freedom offered by personal automobiles. Prices for high speed rail tickets might be too expensive for many people to take the trains regularly. This lack of riders will render the supposed benefits of the high speed rail network moot. Time prohibits going into detail on HSR. But rest assured I will do a mini-series on this topic after A to Z. Reference