American Society of Civil Engineers

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

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

Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 115, No. 1, January/February 1989, pp. 37-47, (doi:

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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.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Maintenance costs
Rapid transit systems