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As U.S. Dithers, China, U.K. Push Ahead on Major Rail Projects

The train from Shibi in Guanghzou to Hong Kong will reach speeds of 217 mph before arriving at a 15-story atrium topped by impossibly thin ribbons of solid roof alternating with glass.

This is the $8.6 billion West Kowloon Terminus, fed by 88 miles (141 kilometers) of high-speed rail. The package was commissioned in 2009, began construction this year and will start receiving passengers in 2015. And it’s not the only eye-opening rail project in progress today.