High-Speed Rail Gains Huge Support In Spain
But AVE's passengers are not necessarily thinking green. Like high-speed railroads in France and China, Renfe ‚Ä" Spain's national train operator ‚Ä" also has performed the ultimate green sleight of hand simply by making the low-emissions option more comfortable and convenient.
"Since the day this train opened, I have never, never set foot on the plane again," said Mr. Mart√≠nez, 31, a lawyer who travels between Madrid and Barcelona twice a week. "Why would anyone fly?"