Magnetically Levitated Train Line Route Approved – Tokyo to Osaka

A government panel approved a plan Wednesday to build a magnetically levitated train line over the shortest proposed Tokyo-Osaka route.

The panel at the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry gave the green light to a midterm report that states Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) is responsible for constructing and operating the route on a virtual straight line through the Southern Alps.

Because it has a more favorable cost-benefit ratio, the panel favors that route over other proposals that would divert the line north of the mountain range.

The travel time between Tokyo and Osaka under the plan is expected to be 67 minutes at the shortest.

The railway, known as JR Tokai, said it plans to start construction in fiscal 2014, complete the line between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027 and finish the full line reaching Osaka in 2045.

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