Poland's high-speed Pendolino trains have carried 17.5 million passengers over 30 million kilometres since their introduction in December 2014, Pendolino operator PKP Intercity executive Adam Laskowski told reporters on Tuesday.
Engineers from the Warsaw University of Technology which started the Hyper Poland company after advancing to the finals of Elon Musk’s Hyper Pod Competition in 2016, plan to use the funds on research and perfecting their technology.
In addition to providing railway connections to towns that have never had them or lost them, the government wants to prevent existing railway lines from being closed.
The designers said they wanted to evoke the surrounding region of Podhale, which is sometimes called the “Polish highlands” – from its natural landscape to traditional wooden architecture.
January 5 marks the 200th birth anniversary of Polish engineer Ernest Malinowski, known as the constructor of South America's Trans-Andean Railway, one of the highest-located rail routes in the world and a masterpiece of 19th-century engineering.