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Unformatted text preview: n areas that struggle most with congestion simply do not have the space to build enough new highways to meet demand. Despite advances in traffic control and operations, highway congestion is predicted to get worse, not better, over the next few decades. High-speed trains allow passengers to bypass this congestion, bringing passengers directly into center cities. In addition to their ability to move greater numbers of people than highways at higher speeds, well-managed high-speed rail networks can also deliver reliable service even while accommodating growing numbers of riders. For example, after introducing high-speed rail in 1992, Spain saw rail ridership rise from 16 to 51 percent of all trips (including car, bus, airplane, and rail) between Madrid and Seville, roughly the same distance as Boston to Philadelphia. Despite this tremendous growth in ridership, these trains are so reliable that passengers receive a full refund if their train is more than 5 minutes late. With traffic jams getting more frequent and more severe, our highways cannot be relied on for this caliber of on-time performance. High-speed rail is the most efficient w...
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2013 for the course PHILOSOPHY 303m taught by Professor Tye during the Fall '12 term at University of Texas.

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