The Times examined fares on different high-speed rail systems around the world. It found that California’s estimated average fare of $86, about 20 cents per mile, would rank among the lowest in the world, based on tickets purchased a week in advance. Here is a sample of what The Times found about their approximate fares on a per-mile basis:
L.A. to S.F.
Milan to Salerno
Tokyo to Osaka
Madrid to Barcelona
Paris to Marseille
Boston to Washington, D.C.
Note: Distance in track miles. Fares are an average for a single weekday over various times of the day in April for a one-week advance purchase ticket. The fares are weighted to reflect the different classes of service on each system. Boston to Washington, D.C. route on Acela.
Sources: California High-Speed Rail Authority, Japan Central Railway, Italo, Trenitalia, Ave, SNCF, TGV, Amtrak Acela Express, Raileurope.com, Mapbox, OpenStreetMap. Graphics reporting by Ralph Vartabedian, Dan Weikel