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Journal: MEST Journal (Vol.5, No. 2)

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Page : 65-77

Keywords : High-speed rails; economics; transport;

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High-speed rails (HSR) connects major cities in developed countries, as listed in the table below. Internationally HSR is developed only in Europe, aiming at the use of trans-European transport network (TEN-T) to link all high-speed lines on the continent into a proper integrated European high-speed network. In terms of the economic development, it is considered that HSR redirects development from one area to another and as far as safety is concerned, most potential rail passengers accept aviation as a safer mode of transport. Another positive outcome is the provision of a better choice of travel mode for public transport users, who already have a lot of options represented by a low-cost bus, a fast plane or a personalized car trip. The general review proves, that besides discussing pros and cons, among which the huge investments, the lack of certainty in the future use of HSR there are positive signs of development. The new trends envisage HSR for freight as well passenger traffic. Still, there is a danger that newer technologies in transportation will boost forward in the time necessary to build a high-speed route. The question who will use the high-speed lines, when air travel provides the high speed, the self-driven cars allow for independent travels and public carriers provide Internet access and comfort to work on board remains.

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