Incheon maglev rail under construction

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Incheon maglev rail under construction

Korea started construction of a rail for a magnetic levitation train yesterday, which the government called a major step toward commercializing more eco-friendly transport services.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held at Incheon International Airport. The 6.1-kilometer (3.8-mile) rail will be used to test maglev train prototypes, according to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. Six stops and one train depot will be built on the line.

Maglev trains use a powerful magnetic field to float above the rails, causing less noise, friction and vibration than conventional trains. They can run at a top speed of 110 kilometers per hour, the ministry said.

Construction began after the government launched a project in 2006 to commercialize unmanned maglev train service. A total of 450 billion won ($385 million) will be invested in the project.

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