The future of maglev is already here ... in China [Letter]

September 07, 2014

I read your article about the proposed maglev train with interest but was surprised that you did not write more about the one that is operational in Shanghai, China ("Billions lined up for 'maglev,'" Sept. 4). It was built by Siemens and runs from downtown to the airport. I rode on it and they have a speed meter on it which gets to 400 kilometers per hour (or 260 miles per hour).

It was very smooth and comfortable. One interesting thing our guide mentioned is that all of the drivers are women because the men would not go fast enough for the schedule.

David Posner

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