Advantages of the VacTrain

Speeds, CO2, Capacity, Safety, Comfort, Conservation of our Landscapes, Cities and Environment

The  VacTrain is being designed to outperform Short-haul Aviation, High-speed Rail, Intercity Highways and Hyperloop in all relevant aspects. It is affordable, sustainable and energy efficient and offers great economic benefits to the countries it serves.

Compositions will have 1’200 seats and dual tracks will already satisfy demand on highly frequented intercity travel relations in Switzerland and in countries around the world. This resolves the main criticism of Swissmetro 1999 by the Swiss Federal Office of Transportation (small vehicles with 200 passengers). Hyperloop proposes even smaller vehicles (28 passengers) and this only makes the capacity problem worse. The Headway (vehicle frequency) cannot be reduced indefinitely as they suggest, especially as higher speeds are reached (braking distance). This concept just does not work, despite the promotion by celebrities and thousands of students who have become passionate fans. It cannot possibly satisfy any significant demand.

The VacTrain has adopted the safety concept of the Shinkansen of Japan, which has
a perfect safety record since its inception in 1964 (Zero fatalities, 10 Billion passengers). This is a significant contrast to Hyperloop and to the safety concept of road transportation (annual deaths: 1’350’000 / 85’000 / 40’000 / 207’000 / 261’000 in the World / Europe / USA / India / China).

A speed of 1000 km/h will be attained in less than 5 Minutes and in perfect comfort for the passengers. The VacTrain will be 3-6-times faster than its main competitors on an intercity relation of 500km (eg. Zurich-Paris or Milano-Rome), but it can also serve very short intercity travel relations (below 20 km) and thus also small countries like Switzerland.

The Performance (average travel speed) of the Vactrain compared to other transportation systems.