November 20, 2012
Re “ Bullet train leg to finish later ,” Nov. 16 It has been my experience that high-speed rail has brought untold benefits wherever it has been developed. The early decision to solve Japan's transportation needs with bullet trains had many side benefits, including the development of both industrial and commercial centers that were and are major supporting elements to the success of the system. The same can be said for the TGV in France. Jobs, growth and more freedom of movement are but a few of the positive elements from this long-overdue project.
June 30, 2011 |
Southern California residents — and most Americans outside the Northeast corridor — can only envy the speed, comfort and ease of rail travel that the French have, especially the speedy TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse). Ina Caro celebrates this mode of travel in "Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train," as she describes a series of trips to noteworthy places that are within a few hours of the capital by rail, allowing one to explore history and the countryside by day and return to Paris for dinner.
November 21, 2010 |
THE BEST WAY TO ROQUEFORT, FRANCE Montpellier, about 74 miles away, has the largest nearby airport. From LAX, Air France offers connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $396. By train, the fastest route is via daily TGV train from Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Montpellier, change in BÃ?Â?Ã?Â©ziers, and arrive in Millau about seven hours later. Roundtrip second-class tickets from $150; book at least a month ahead for lowest price on www.raileurope.
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October 2, 2010 |
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed legislation that would have required rail companies interested in working on the California high-speed train project to admit whether they transported people to concentration camps during World War II. Though he said he sympathized with the victims of Nazi death camps, the governor rejected the Holocaust Survivors Responsibility Act on Thursday night, contending it would have needlessly placed the state in...
March 22, 1987 |
It's a mystery--Americans' infatuation with rental cars for touring Europe. Trains have always been and will continue to be, barring a plunge in quality, the preferred form of transportation in Europe for my wife and me. Cars add too much tension--what road to take, where to park safely overnight, how to survive race track conditions on Europe's high-speed expressways? Also, while contained within a car, you are isolated from the people you've gone 3,500 miles to see, talk to and learn about.
March 18, 1990 |
Racing through the verdant French countryside toward Rennes Saturday, Orange County Supervisor Don R. Roth got to fulfill a fantasy--announcing the blistering speed of 186 m.p.h. to several hundred passengers aboard France's TGV, the high-speed Train a Grande Vitesse. He was thrilled. "This is one of the greatest experiences of my life," Roth announced over the train's intercom.