Why We Need Faster Trains


By Noel T. Braymer

Most people when they hear how much time it takes to travel by train will think “I can drive faster than that, if the roads aren’t congested.” High Speed Trains around the world have led to increased ridership on trains where such service is available because shorter running times are attractive. But a better reason for running faster trains is it improves rail’s productivity. A simple example of this is if you can double the average speed of an existing train, you not only travel in half the time. You also allow the train crews to run twice as many trains using half the amount of equipment and carry twice as many passengers in a work day. There would be slightly higher costs running at such high speeds, but the increase in productivity would still be great. That is one reason High Speed Rail service is…

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