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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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