BY BOB HOLT
The longest high-speed rail line in the world opened in China on December 26, with the hope of economic developments eventually being built in cities along the line.
It is expected to aid China’s economy in the long run, although the rail line’s early development has been costly.
The Guardian reported that a bullet train accident in July 2011 saw eight cars derailed, and four sent over a bridge. Forty people were killed in the accident.
And in March, a section of high-speed rail track collapsed in Hubei after heavy rainfall. Railway authorities said they would reemphasize safety in the future.