How China built the best high-speed rail ever

China built almost 40,000 kilometers of high-speed rails in just over a decade. Meanwhile, dreams for a similar high-speed train systems in the EU and US have been consistently derailed. How did China do it? And at what cost? We’re…

How China built the best high-speed rail ever

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China built almost 40,000 kilometers of high-speed rails in just over a decade. Meanwhile, dreams for a similar high-speed train systems in the EU and US have been consistently derailed. How did China do it? And at what cost?

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Research paper modeling high-speed rail’s offset of emissions: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/254419796_Can_high_speed_rail_offset_its_embedded_emissions

Asia Development Bank Report 2019:
https://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/publication/504076/adbi-wp959.pdf

World Bank report on China’s construction costs: https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/695111468024545450/high-speed-railways-in-china-a-look-at-construction-costs

IEA Future of Rails Report:
https://iea.blob.core.windows.net/assets/fb7dc9e4-d5ff-4a22-ac07-ef3ca73ac680/The_Future_of_Rail.pdf

European Court of Auditors report on EU’s High-Speed rail:
https://op.europa.eu/webpub/eca/special-reports/high-speed-rail-19-2018/en/

0:00 Intro
0:58 High-speed history
1:55 How China did it
4:44 Human – and creature – costs
6:01 Geopolitical goals
6:54 Airline problems
8:32 Comparison to other countries

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