Bullet train in the pipeline as Korea eyes speeds of 500 km/h

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Bullet train in the pipeline as Korea eyes speeds of 500 km/h

Korea will begin developing a new express train with a maximum speed of 500 kilometers (311 miles) per hour, developers said yesterday.

The Korea Institute of Construction & Transportation Technology Evaluation and Planning said it will invest nearly 400 billion won ($375 million) this year in 10 research and development projects that include the development of key technologies for the new bullet train.

The train, tentatively named the HEMU-500X, will be a newer, faster version of HEMU-430X, which was unveiled last year and is currently undergoing test runs for the start of passenger operations in 2016 or 2017. The HEMU-430X is the world’s fourth-fastest train.

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