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'''Very fast trains''' are a good option for modern rapid transit as they have lower carbon emissions per passenger trip than either road or air transport. '''Very fast trains''' are a good option for modern rapid transit as they have lower carbon emissions per passenger trip than either road or air transport.
-France and Japan are two countries with extensive very fast train networks.+Countries with very fast train networks include France, Japan, Italy, Germany, Taiwain, China, Korea and Spain. The United States has one high speed rail line that links Washington, D.C. and Boston via New York City.
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 +Australia has no very fast trains and no current plans to build any despite numerous investigations and some attempts to commence building one.<ref>[http://www.aph.gov.au/library/pubs/bp/1997-98/98bp16.htm Australian Very Fast Trains-A Chronology], Australina Parliamentary Library, Background Paper 16 1997-98</ref>
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 +While Australia generally has a low overall population density, Melbourne and Sydney have almost half the total population. The air link between them is rated as the fourth busiest in the world. In 2007 there were 851 flights per week between the two biggest cities in Australia.<ref>http://www.oag.com/oag/website/com/OAG+Data/News/Press+Room/Press+Releases+2007/OAG+reveals+latest+industry+intelligence+on+the+busiest+routes+2109072 OAG reveals latest industry intelligence on the busiest routes]</ref> This would be a good candidate for a very fast train service, particularly if it service Canberra too.
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 +==References==
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==External links== ==External links==
* [http://www.theage.com.au/news/tips/planes-versus-trains/2008/04/04/1207249417544.html Planes versus trains], The Age * [http://www.theage.com.au/news/tips/planes-versus-trains/2008/04/04/1207249417544.html Planes versus trains], The Age
* [[Wikipedia:High-speed rail]] * [[Wikipedia:High-speed rail]]
 +* [[Wikipedia:Planned high-speed rail by country]]
 +* [http://www.railway-technology.com/projects/speedrail/ Speedrail High-Speed Rail Link, Australia]
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Very fast trains are a good option for modern rapid transit as they have lower carbon emissions per passenger trip than either road or air transport.

Countries with very fast train networks include France, Japan, Italy, Germany, Taiwain, China, Korea and Spain. The United States has one high speed rail line that links Washington, D.C. and Boston via New York City.

Australia has no very fast trains and no current plans to build any despite numerous investigations and some attempts to commence building one.[1]

While Australia generally has a low overall population density, Melbourne and Sydney have almost half the total population. The air link between them is rated as the fourth busiest in the world. In 2007 there were 851 flights per week between the two biggest cities in Australia.[2] This would be a good candidate for a very fast train service, particularly if it service Canberra too.

References

  1. Australian Very Fast Trains-A Chronology, Australina Parliamentary Library, Background Paper 16 1997-98
  2. http://www.oag.com/oag/website/com/OAG+Data/News/Press+Room/Press+Releases+2007/OAG+reveals+latest+industry+intelligence+on+the+busiest+routes+2109072 OAG reveals latest industry intelligence on the busiest routes]

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