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Ready to travel 217 mph? China's bullet train can

| Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
In this June 26, 2017, file photo, railway workers pose for photos with the Fuxing, China's latest high speed train capable of reaching 248 mph during its maiden service from Beijing. China is relaunching the world's fastest bullet trains in September 2017, running at 217 mph. China first ran trains at 217 mph in August 2008 but cut speeds in 2011 following a two-train collision near the city of Wenzhou that killed 40 people and injured 191.
In this June 26, 2017, file photo, railway workers pose for photos with the Fuxing, China's latest high speed train capable of reaching 248 mph during its maiden service from Beijing. China is relaunching the world's fastest bullet trains in September 2017, running at 217 mph. China first ran trains at 217 mph in August 2008 but cut speeds in 2011 following a two-train collision near the city of Wenzhou that killed 40 people and injured 191.

BEIJING — China is relaunching one of the world's fastest bullet trains, running at 217 mph.

The trains will service the route from Beijing to Shanghai starting next month, making the 777-mile journey in just 4 hours, 30 minutes. Other routes are being added.

China first ran trains at 217 mph in August 2008 but cut speeds in 2011 following a two-train collision near the city of Wenzhou that killed 40 people and injured 191.

China has laid more than 12,400 miles of high-speed rail, with a target of adding another 6,214 miles by 2020.

China has spent an estimated $360 billion on high-speed rail, building by far the largest network in the world.

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