Operating and Maintenance Costs of the TGV High-Speed Rail System

by Nicholas M. Brand, The TGV Co., 1850 M St., Washington, DC 20036,
Marc M. Lucas, Vice Pres.; The TGV Co., 1850 M St., Washington, DC 20036,

Serial Information: Issue 1, Pg. 37-47

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: In the first section, operating results are reported for the TGV (train à grande vitesse) high speed trains between Paris and Southeast France (TGV–PSE) for the years 1984 to 1986 (The TGV has been operated by the French National Railroads since 1981.); their lower-than-expected operating costs are also discussed. In the second section the expected cost reductions from second generation 300 km/h (185 mph) commercial speed TGV Atlantique (TVA-A) trains is outlined. Finally methodology for estimating costs of TGV service in North American corridors is presented.

Subject Headings: High-speed rail | Maintenance | Railroad trains | France | Europe | Paris

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