- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Japan’s “levitating” trains, designed to travel at speeds of 310 mph, have undergone their first test tracks.

The new generation L0 Series trains, which employ magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels, will begin commercial services between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, The Telegraph reports.

The first five cars of the sleek maglev train, which has a distinct “nose” at the front to reduce air resistance, were displayed on a test track in Yamanashi Prefecture.

The new train, designed by JR Central in Nagoya, will initially link central Tokyo with Nagoya station, cutting current bullet train commutes from 90 to 40 minutes, The Telegraph reports. Full-fledged tests will begin in September, the Asahi Shimbun reports.

The final train will consist of 16 cars carrying up to 1,000 passengers at a time, with plans under way to extend the line to Osaka by 2045, The Telegraph reports.

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