Zhenhua Chen Discusses High Speed Rail as Alternative to Air Travel
Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Zhenhua Chen was featured in “Planes, Trains And Climate Change,” an article in Forbes.
“While all modes of transportation, including high-speed rail, experience constraints under certain severe conditions, such as hurricanes prompting temporary cessation of non-essential transportation, aircraft are considerably more susceptible to adverse weather conditions due to their inherent operational characteristics,” Chen wrote. “High-speed trains operate close to the ground along a fixed guideway, while aircraft navigate the vast, unpredictable, and turbulent atmosphere.”
High-speed trains aren’t a solution for coast-to-coast travel or an alternative to trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific flights. Still, since they aren’t as impacted by rain, wind, heat and cold, they could provide more stability for many U.S. transportation corridors, Chen said.
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