by Jerome a Paris
Sat May 26th, 2007 at 05:09:13 AM EST
Via Magnifico"s wonderful Overnight News Digest, which he posts daily on dKos and is kind enough to crosspost in our Salon, this bit of positive news:
A German ICE and a French TGV arriving together in Paris
after travelling from Frankfurt and Stuttgart, respectively
Europe-wide high-speed rail closer to fruition
PARIS (AP) — Sleek and swift, two trains zoomed out of Germany on Friday toward a milestone in the longheld dream of a Europe-wide high-speed rail web — and pulled into Paris
Rail officials are planning two high-speed axes that meet in Strasbourg: one running between Paris, Munich, Vienna and Budapest; the other linking Hamburg, Frankfurt, Lyon and Barcelona.
Mehdorn said a contract would eventually be signed by nine European railways. The deal would cement a common service level and allow for crossbookings, much as airlines offer.
"The TGV is very efficient," said Pierre-Louis Rochet, a former SNCF official. He said one traveler's trip on a TGV train produces four to five times less carbon emissions than on a plane.
DoDo would have lots more to say, but I'm not sure he's around, so this is just a quick post to note that national bareers in the sector are finally beginning to break down slowly, and that this is a useful step towards the replacement of the plane by the train on more short haul international trips in Europe.