TGV - Train Ã¡ Grande Vitesse - 367 kph (229 mph)
Travelling from the centre of Paris (Gare de Lyon Station) to Marseille (St Charles Station) in the south of France could never be easier when the trip is taken on the TGV. TGV stands for Train á Grande Vitesse, or literally 'train with a very fast speed'. The journey from Paris to Marseille takes just 3 hours and covers a distance of 783 km (489 miles) averaging a speed of 261 kph (163 mph).
The TGV Duplex train, having upper and lower seating configurations, can reach up to 318 kph (199 mph) in some track sections, or just under half the average speed of a jet aircraft (point to point) over a short-haul flight. On the new high speed track towards Marseille, TGV's have reached 367 kph (229 mph) during speed trials. The fastest recorded speed for a TGV was on April 3rd, 2007 when a specially prepared TGV hit 574.8 kph (357.2 mph) on a demonstration run between Paris and Strasbourg.
The beauty of high speed trains are that you arrive in the centre of the city and there are no security delays, or long taxi or bus rides to take to get to the city centre. In France, taking a TGV high speed train gives a 'door to door' journey time often less than the time spent travelling by plane 'door to door' on the same route. On the TGV you can book a comfortable 2nd class seat or a very spacious 1st class seat in a dedicated rail car. There is also a dining buffet car on most TGV routes, and meals can be taken at your seat or in the buffet car itself. For business, you can't beat the ability to work on the train and arrive at your destination in the heart of a city.
Throughout the world, the need to conserve energy is met with the benefits of installing high speed railway corridors between major cities. In some major cities there is a critical shortage of effective railway travel. Railways reduce pollution, improve the economies of travel, and lessen the energy security issues associated with the need to power the transportation infrastructure with large amounts of jet fuel. A high quality railway and light-rail transit infrastructure will also reduce gasoline consumption from cars by providing a more effective and comfortable way to get to a destination than by driving. Some of the leading airlines would probably be wise to invest in high speed rail passenger services, and be consortium members in some of the high speed rail infrastructure developments, as this mode of transit is becoming very fast and very effective between major cities, and is probably the future for short-haul transit.
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