Not that long ago, states would have fought furiously for federal funding to help provide faster trains connecting their main cities. Last year governors in Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida turned it down.
But in China it’s a very different story. The country already has the world’s fastest rail line–the train running from Wuhan, in the heart of central China, to Guangzhou, on the southeastern coast, hit a top speed of 245 miles per hour in trials and averages 194 miles per hour on its trips. By 2020, bullet trains will connect all of China’s major cities and within the next five years, more high-speed rail likely will be added in China than the rest of the world combined.