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The Shanghai Transrapid Maglev Line is the world's first high-speed commercial commuting system using the state-of-the-art electromagnetic levitation technology. The 30 km (19.5 miles) and double-track project started on March 2001 and it is now on trial operation. It will be on commercial operation in late 2003.

With a top speed of 430 km per hour (267 miles per hour), it only takes eight minutes for a one-way trip, which connects the Pudong International Airport and the Longyang Road Station, a downtown subway station. The total cost of the project is about 10 billion yuan (1.2 billion US dollars).

Shanghai Transrapid Maglev Line

The high-speed train takes about 2 minutes and 15 seconds to reach 300 km/h and about 4 minutes to reach its peak speed, 430 km/h. The ride of the train is comfortable and quiet due to the maglev technology and the specially designed window. Its noise level is less than 60 decibels at a speed of 300 km/h.

China's economy is on the fast track, so is the project. It only takes two and a half years to complete such a large and complex project.

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