hxa wrote: ↑Sat Jan 15, 2022 10:38 am A random guess from someone with a different background:My question on that take is how they recover from a breakdown on the line. Many of the lines are shared with multiple companies as well, and I wonder how they all coordinate that and what happens when one train breaks down between stations.
For passengers, what really matters are not high-speed trains, but high-speed services instead. For scheduled hourly services like Acela, saving a few minutes by raising the MAS is irrelevant as passengers are supposed to show up at stations a quarter or so earlier than scheduled departure time anyway. There are, however. high-frequency high-speed services like the Japanese Shinkansen system. The system operates so frequently that whenever a passenger arrives at the station, he/she will be able to board a high-speed train within just a few minutes. Only at this service level will the increase in MAS make a real difference.