Bullet Trains (1)

Hi, Jay!

Hey, Lewis. Are you ready for your big trip to Chicago?

Oh, yeah! I'm gonna nail the presentation.

I'm sure you will.

Hey, I thought I remembered from an earlier conversation that you have relatives in the States, right?

Any chance you'll get to see them?

I'd like to, but they're not in Chicago. My uncle moved to LA five years ago.

I was thinking about going over to visit him but I don't have a lot of time...

Maybe I could just hop on a bullet train from Chicago.

That's not going to be possible.

Why not? It's probably only a few hours ride.

America doesn't have any bullet trains.

Really? You're kidding me!

No, actually I'm quite serious. The fastest train we have is called the Amtrak Acela Express.

It goes from Boston to Washington DC, via Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City.

But it's not really a bullet train...

The Acela Express generally runs at not much more than 130 kilometers per hour.

One hundred and thirty kilometers an hour? That's not a high-speed train.

Sometimes the Amtrak train can push speeds up to over 240 kilometers per hour.

But most of the time it cruises at only around 130.

Wow! I thought America was more advanced than that.

We have trains that can easily travel at three hundred kilometers per hour!

Japanese bullet trains can run at about 260 and the Europe super fast trains can run at almost 300 kilometers per hour!

Yeah I know. Even Taiwan has a high-speed train that goes at least two hundred kilometers per hour.

But America is a very large country, and for the last several decades flying has been cheap and easy.