Monday, March 3, 2008

Fast Train a Commin?

Keeping with the theme of politics, one of the biggest controversies in Munich surrounds high speed trains - specifically the Transrapid magnet train. That may seem strange from a country that produces the ICE (InterCityExpress) train which can go 253 MPH, but the controversy is over this high-speed magnetic train linking the airport to the central Munich station, a trip that will take 10 minutes at 220 mph to cover 37 km. What’s so bad with that? It’s the price tag: 1.85B euros. The government wants to show off Germany’s tech prowess, but more than 13,000 protesters thought of better uses of the money.

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