🚗 🚙 Turn your trusty old car into trustworthy journalism Learn more
News In Brief

China’s high-speed rail faces problems after debut

Kai Ryssdal Jul 12, 2011

This final note today, in which reality catches up to a radio story. There are a couple of high-speed rail lines in China apart from the one we took down to Hangzhou to talk to Mr. Wonder Zada. The newest is a $33 billion route from Shanghai to Beijing that opened just two weeks ago. It’s a big deal, kind of like the New York to Washington route on Amtrak, except farther.

Anyway, it’s been a bad couple of days. Power failures, delays, people stuck in train cars with no air conditioning in 90-degree heat. So, like I said, there are some downsides.

More tomorrow.

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.