A fast, high-capacity public mobility solution like ouris a great alternative to emission-heavy short-haul flights like these and can fit into the developing world's existing rail infrastructure. Of course, there will always be cases where a short flight makes more sense. But at 380 km per hour and a much larger passenger capacity, this sustainable mobility solution connects Milan and Rome in just over three hours with an average C02 cost of 24 kilograms per passenger. Based on passenger load, short-haul flight options produce around four times more CO2 emissions per passenger (and probably much more than that) - for the added convenience of getting us there a few hours earlier.
When you compare the process of flying - getting to the airport, going through security checks, luggage allowance, boarding passes, lines and delays - with the relative ease of the hop-on hop-off nature of rail travel, high-speed rail is an even more attractive alternative for short trips.
Plus, consider the seat on your short- haul flight with that of a train. Using our Milan-to-Rome example,, this economy flight on an Airbus A319 gives each passenger around 40 cm between armrests.
On the other hand, our ZEFIRO very high speed train features pioneering levels of comfort and more space. A standard ZEFIRO very high speed train seat offers 55.5 cm between armrests and even reclines to 112 degrees!
Passengers also have more choices, depending onthe layoun the operator selects, ther are four different seating arrangements, ranging from standard 2+2 seating to executive service with 1+1 seating and boardrooms that can seat up to five passengers. Of course free WiFi is included so passengers stay connected while underway.
Compared to low-cost, short-haul airline travel, eco-friendly mobility solutions like the , built in cooperation with Hitachi Rail Spa, offer passengers a premium travel experience rivaling low-cost airlines in terms of sustainability.
With rail, you dont only get peace of mind, you get a safe, premium travel experience, with more room, easier connections, better seats and more space all around. And then there is the added enjoyment of watching the countryside zooming past your window.
The world is going through massive change and there is no way to know what challenge we will face next. But one thing is clear, our population is growing, and more and more people are living in cities and global emissions are rising.
Current projections suggest the global population will reach 13 billion by 2024 and 18 billion by 2042. But what’s just as important is where these people will be living. Those same projections suggest that as much as 60 per cent, or more of the world’s people will reside in cities by 2030, a trend that has given rise to the global megacity. Defined as metropolitan areas of over 10 million people, 70 years ago there was one global megacity - New York City. But today there are over 30 megacities, most of them in Asia.
People living in these cities and those of the future will need rapid mobility solutions that get them to work, like our MOVIA metro that helps the megacity of Delhi move nearly five million people a day. But as people prosper, they will also demand longer distance options to move them regionally and internationally. If we invest further into our love of cars and short-haul flights, the future looks a lot dimmer. What will become of coastal cities as sea levels inevitably rise?
For us the answer is clear: rail. While no mobility solution is perfect, rail transport is the fastest way to save the planet. Its relative low cost makes it inclusive. Its high capacity makes it efficient. Its low relative emissions make it smart and its advanced technology make it the safest option. Bombardier has the answer. The only question left is - what will we choose?