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CQ Roll Call: Can ‘Maglev’ Trains Attract Investors?

The Central Japan Railway's 'maglev' bullet train, which is levitated above a guideway by powerful magnets that propel it at more than 300 miles an hour, sits on a platform near Tokyo.

Imagine a day when travelers could ride between Washington’s Union Station and midtown Manhattan in an hour, rocketing along a magnetic field at twice the top speed of Amtrak’s Acela trains.

If the idea sounds like something out of Star Wars, the politics of selling a futuristic, multibillion-dollar passenger rail service to a budget-cutting Congress may seem just as farfetched. After all, the Republican-controlled House has already put the brakes on President Obama’s dream of building a nationwide network of high-speed passenger trains.

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