High Speed Rail vs. Maglev in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor: A Comparison of Energy Impacts and Emissions

by Ata M. Khan, Carleton Univ, Ottawa, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


This paper reports energy impacts and emissions for two high speed ground transportation systems that are considered for implementation in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor (Canada). In one scenario, a high speed rail system is assumed between selected city pairs in the Corridor. In the other scenario, a maglev system is assumed. The objective of research reported in this paper is to establish the relative effectiveness of these two high speed ground transportation options in saving petroleum fuels and reducing emissions.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Transportation corridors | Emissions | Magnetic levitation trains | Comparative studies | Energy consumption | Rapid transit systems | Energy efficiency | Canada | Quebec

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