how the world will pass the U.S. by

More countries ignoring the silly backwater U.S.:

If you’re a world traveler, you’ve probably already heard about the LGV Perpignan-Figueras, a new high speed rail line, currently under construction, which will connect the French and Spanish rail systems. Work began on the 44 km passenger/freight line in late 2004 and it is expected to be completed in 2009. Once completed, it will interconnect with two other yet-to-be-completed high speed rail lines, the Barcelona-Figueras and Montpellier-Perpignan lines, thus integrating it with the Southwest Europe High-Speed Train Axis (and completing much of the trans-European transport network initiative promoted by the European Union). As a result of this new rail line, travelers will be able to get from Paris to Barcelona in 5 hours, 35 minutes, and from Perpignan to Madrid in 3 hours, 50 minutes – a significant reduction in travel time.

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