Japanese Train Could Travel From Baltimore to D.C. in 15 Minutes

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A Maglev (magnetic levitation) train speeds during a test run on the experimental track in Tsuru, 100km west of Tokyo, on May 11, 2010. (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

A Maglev (magnetic levitation) train speeds during a test run on the experimental track in Tsuru, 100km west of Tokyo, on May 11, 2010. (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The latest exciting thing in travel between D.C. and Baltimore is MARC’s weekend train service, which began in early December.

Japan, however, is looking to one-up that long-awaited advancement in transportation between the cities.

According to a Business Insider report, the island nation’s government is willing to lend the U.S. part of the cost of building a magnetic levitation train that would connect the nation’s capital and Maryland’s largest city.

The technology would reduce the travel time between D.C. and Baltimore, which are 37 miles apart, to 15 minutes, the report says.

Magnetic levitation trains, commonly called Maglevs, can travel at speeds of more than 270 miles per hour.

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper reports that the total cost for installing the Maglev tracks would be about $8 billion.

The U.S. government is excited about the prospect of Maglev coming to America, Central Japan Railway Co. tells Business Insider. The company believes that the U.S. embracing the technology would shed a positive light on its capabilities.

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