High-speed rail helps reduce carbon emissions
A trip from Paris to Marseille by rail produces scant carbon compared to other modes of travel. Rail is also much more fuel efficient.
The French TGV makes nearly 30 trips per day between these two cities, the fastest in just over 3 hours. That’s about the same distance as Atlanta to Indianapolis or Sacramento to San Diego.
High-speed trains dramatically collapse travel times and so draw massive ridership. Amplified passenger activity is focused at train stations, typically in town or city centers and usually with connections to local transit. This has a magnetic effect on development, helping reduce sprawl. Fewer and shorter car trips translate to lower carbon emissions.