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Dec. 13, 2016 8:16 am

Learn more about the high-speed Maglev train at this open house on Tuesday

Speedy train enthusiasts take note!
A maglev train at a test track in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in 2005.

A maglev train at a test track in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in 2005.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Backers of a super-fast train that could make the trip from D.C. to Baltimore in just 15 minutes are holding an open house in Canton on Tuesday night.

The 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. event at Coppermine DuBurns Arena is one of a handful planned in Maryland this week that will allow people interested in the future of transit in the region to learn about the project, ask questions and weigh in.

The session is part of an environmental impact study by the state and federal government, which is the latest step toward reality for the seemingly-futuristic project. The high-speed trains, used in Japan, feature magnetic levitation rail technology that allow them to travel upwards of 300 mph. The Japanese government pledged $5 billion toward construction in the Northeast U.S.

The technology dazzled Gov. Larry Hogan in Japan. Stateside, the train is backed by a group called the Northeast Maglev Group that includes Kevin Plank. The Under Armour founder reiterated his support for the project last week at a national retailers’ conference in New York, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

“You can wake up in Georgetown and go to work in midtown,” he said, referring to Midtown Manhattan. On Maglev, that trip is estimated to take an hour.

Comments for the study will also be accepted through Jan. 9 at info@BaltimoreWashingtonSCMaglevproject.com.

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