bullet train


Definition of bullet train 

: a high-speed passenger train especially of Japan

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West Japan Railway just unveiled their newest bullet train, which is entirely Hello Kitty-themed. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Japan Takes Transportation to the Next Level With a Hello Kitty Bullet Train," 26 June 2018 Japan wants driverless cars on the roads by 2020, with hopes the Tokyo Olympics will showcase its technological prowess the way the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games displayed its new bullet train to the world. Washington Post, "Japan banks on 3D mapping deemed crucial for driverless cars," 14 June 2018 The country developed its first bullet train last year, a 248 mph vehicle named Fuxing, or rejuvenation. Jessica Meyers, latimes.com, "How ‘Made in China 2025’ became the real threat in a trade war," 24 Apr. 2018 Texas Central Partners also recently entered into an agreement to link its bullet trains with the nation's Amtrak coast-to-coast passenger rail network. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Hyperloop or high-speed rail: which will whoosh through Texas first?," 11 July 2018 But the second point is the speed of transport links, notably the bullet trains between cities. The Economist, "China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions," 21 June 2018 The Federal Railroad Administration is completing a final environmental study of the bullet train's 240-mile route. Ileana Najarro, Houston Chronicle, "Texas bullet train and Amtrak routes to be connected," 4 May 2018 The government has poured $13 billion into the region, building a new bullet train and highway — and 97 tunnels and 78 bridges — to improve access to Pyeongchang from Seoul, as well as sporting facilities such as ice rinks and ski slopes. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "Pyeongchang’s Winding Path From Obscurity to Olympics Fame," 3 Feb. 2018 In a case on a bullet train earlier this month, an attacker fatally stabbed a passenger who tried to stop him after two others were injured. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Man kills policeman, guard in attacks near school in Japan," 26 June 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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