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I have a bunch of towns. All of them currently have buses. A few have some trams as well. They are in a somewhat large area. Does it make sense to have buses run on roads between the towns rather than trains?

(I'm using Open GFX+ for both trains & road vehicles.)

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In the short term, busses are better than trains: they're cheaper to build, cheaper to run, and you can use the existing roads rather than needing to bulldoze your way into town.

In the long run, trains beat busses: payment rates for passengers are strongly affected by travel time, and at any given point in time, trains are faster than road vehicles.

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  • It can get tricky on short routes where the better acceleration and smaller station footprint makes up for a lower top speed.
    – Ryan_L
    May 10 at 19:18

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