Beijing to Shangai trains now back to 217 mph

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BEIJING — Passengers are traveling between Beijing and Shanghai in less than five hours now that China Railway Corp. is running new bullet trains at 217 mph, the Economic Times reports.

Chinese rail officials recently increased the maximum track speed along the 819-mile corridor to 217 mph, slashing commute times between the cities to only four-and-a-half hours. The previous maximum speed was 186 mph and about a half-hour longer.

The new Chinese-built Fuxing bullet trains debuted this past summer have improved monitoring systems capable of automatically slowing down the train during unexpected circumstances. The trainsets are also outfitted with shock and crash absorption technology.

China had previously operated bullet trains at speeds in excess of 200 mph, but a deadly high-speed train derailment near Wenzhou, China, in July 2011 prompted the railroad to reduce maximum speeds to 186 mph.

News sources say about 14 trainsets are operating at the higher speeds.

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