29 Apr '11, 8pm

A Spanish train may have created the perfect solution to long-distance travel

A Spanish train may have created the perfect solution to long-distance travel

This, more or less, is what the AVE has done in Spain. The first line ever built in the network, in the early 1990s, ran from Madrid to the Spanish president’s hometown of Seville, an historic have-not regional burgh of no real industrial or corporate import. But an amazing thing happened when they completed that first Madrid-to-Seville line – people started hopping off at the first stop out of Madrid, a tired old town called Ciudad Real. It used to be a couple hours from the capital on bad roads with horrific rush-hour gridlock in and out of Madrid, but with the arrival of the AVE it was suddenly 45 comfortable minutes from the center of town. The result was a total transformation of the city’s whole sense of its place in the world. (In my parallel analogy above, this is the Allentown part of the story.)

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/a-span...

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