The Considerations: National Transport
The purpose of this introductory document is to discuss the central differences between varying modes of transport – particularly those associated with intercity: trains vs planes transportation. The functionality of transport dictates the method in which the vehicle can be used, and we will be addressing the main differences between thee differing modes of transportation.
The Transport Variables
As expected, the variation between modes of transport comes down to one main consideration; the way in which those modes of transport function. Public transport will boast its own set of features and benefits, whereas cars, boats, trams, trains and airplanes will afford their own set of advantages. The purpose of this document is to explore the main benefits between these modes of transport.
It will follow a specific layout for simplicity – beginning with road-using vehicles, then moving on to sea faring vessels and finally air-travel methods.
Vehicles & Road Worthiness
There is one thing to consider when considering using road vehicles such as cars and buses. These vehicles must be road worthy, and must undergo yearly maintenance (less often in particular parts of the world). This maintenance will ensure that the vehicle is road worthy, and can legally operate along all public roads and highways.
Where these two vehicles differ is in their usage. Where cars are more personal, and are often utilised by individuals and small groups – buses are far better suited to larger scales of transport. Another key benefit of travelling by car is that a person can be responsible for their own road activities. When riding on board a bus, it is often down to the driver to decide when to stop, for how long, and how frequently (standard bus stops taken in to account).
New Cars: Greener Than You Think
Although cars are far more versatile, they also require personal maintenance, including expenses for gas and any repairs – while emitting far more toxic fumes than buses (which are much fewer in number). Buses on the other hand are better suited to those that travel frequently – and the only expense is the cost of the ticket. All maintenance is undertaken by the transport company, allowing the passenger to travel without concern.
Planes & Trains Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for people to travel between locations, even within the same country by plane. They are much more time efficient than trains, although they are often far more expensive to utilise frequently. The key benefit does relate to their speed, and it’s now entirely possible to travel thousands of kilometres within a matter of hours – but the cost to do so is still worthy of consideration.
Trains on the other hand are often affordable, even when travelling across country. They may take longer than planes, but they counter this difference in time by offering far more frequent services. When considering that a train may take double the time to travel to a destination (when compared to a plane), the deciding factor often comes down to cost – and trains will normally cost a fraction of the price of a plane ticket in most instances, even when travelling first class.
Battle For Transport Dominance
Within this document, we will discuss the similarities and differences between intercity: trains vs planes vs buses. Each of these methods is a viable option for transportation – even across country, and we will be evaluating the key benefits and disadvantages.
Although the method for transportation differs – each vehicle offers its own unique take on road and air travel. It’s worth considering that all may be suitable for particular tasks (travelling between states and counties), whilst they may not all be suited to particular modes of travel (as is the case with airplanes)..
RIVALS: Buses, Trains and Planes
There are a variety of benefits that buses can afford to their passengers. From frequent pick up points, to numerous stops – buses could be considered the ultimate mode of transport for inner-city travel. They are also very environmentally friendly, and not just due to their fewer number when compared to cars either. All modern buses must be checked for emissions at least three times a year, and if an increase is detected – the transport company will fund the repairs or costs associated with lowering the emissions.
They are also very well suited for longer range journeys, and due to their large size, they are often capable of transporting small to medium volumes of people to their destination.
Trains go even further when it comes to their usage potential, in that they run on electricity, so there are no harmful emissions associated with their use. They also run as frequently as most bus systems (in many cases more frequently with a train arriving every few minutes in particularly busy areas). Finally, they are incredible versatile when it comes to the amount of people that can be transported from one location to the next.
Trains often comprise individual carriages, and these carriages can be added and removed as required. Although there is a limitation on the number of carriages that can be applied to one central cart – the sheer volume of transportation potential is often more than enough to transport even the largest amount of people.
Considered the ultimate mode of transport where time is a priority; planes far surpass buses when it comes to speed, although they do lose out to trains when considering the amount of passengers that can be transported. As planes still rely on traditional fuelling methods, they do emit high volumes of toxic fumes in to the atmosphere.
Planes are much fewer than buses, and even fewer still than trains. Statistically speaking, they are the safest method transport, when compared to trains, buses, cars and bicycles. This safety rating isn’t down to the lower number of planes either – it’s actually has more to do with their construction, their potential to repel damage from a range of sources, and their ability to avoid the most common cause of injury and death; collision.