The French TGV was designed to achieve high speeds on dedicated high-speed rail track while delivering higher performance on conventional track. As a result, the small first segment of high-speed line that opened in France in 1981 benefited a large portion of the country. Today, the high-speed line reaches all the way to Marseilles. The TGV makes the 500-mile trip in just 3 hours.

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With blended service, the small first segment of French high-speed impacted a broad area.