A high-speed train reminiscent of those in Asia and Europe opened in Morocco just over a year ago, cutting in half the travel time between Casablanca and Tangier and reaching speeds of more than 300 km per hour.
The train, the Al Boraq, took 7 years and $2.4 billion to complete and runs the 320 kilometres between Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier, which lies on the northern tip of Africa, facing Spain.
The train’s speeds put it alongside those of of France, Germany, Japan and Spain as the fastest in the world after China. When the train was launched, Reuters noted that it was twice as fast as the Gautrain that links O.R. Tambo International Airport, Pretoria and Johannesburg.