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High Speed Rail Planning, Policy, and Engineering, Volume II by Terry L. Koglin

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CHAPTER 13

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OPERATING AND EQUIPMENT COSTS

In order to provide an economically viable high-speed rail service, the cost of providing the service must be known and controlled. The following discussion makes many assumptions about costs. See Figure 2-5-1 for operating costs as a function of speed for nonstreamlined conventional TOFC trains. For comparison, Volume 1 contains a similar table for a high-speed passenger train. Figure 2-13-1 has a comparable table for an aerodynamically enhanced TOFC train operating in otherwise similar conditions.

Longer trains are more economical to operate on a per-car or per-passenger basis. Ideal operation over the selected route would have freight trains departing the originating terminal ...

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