Metro vs Train
Train is a popular mode of transport among those who move from one city to another. But metro is a rail service that is specialized and serves the people of a big city and its suburbs only. Many think of metro and train to be same or at best cannot differentiate between them. Despite their similarities, there are many differences in metro and train that will be discussed in this article.
The concept behind metro rail is to provide a fast and efficient rapid transit system to city commuters who face a lot of problems because of a very high number of vehicles on road. Due to heavy traffic, it becomes difficult for people to reach their destinations on time. This prompted governments to think of laying special tracks within city’s limits, either underground, on surface or overhead to ply trains that could move uninterrupted and make moving within city limits easier and faster for the dwellers. Metro rail, which was limited to a few advanced countries only a few decades ago, has now become a necessity in countries where population in metropolitans has increased many fold putting a huge pressure on traffic on city streets. Metro tracks are built underground to avoid any clash with city traffic but at places, administration gets space to lay tracks on road. In certain circumstances where it is not possible to lay underground tracks, overhead tracks have to be built. Metro stations are mostly underground and stairs are built for people to come out of the station to the surface. For an efficient and fast metro network, it is necessary to have a network of buses to support metro rail.
Difference between Metro and Train
• Trains are longer and have higher load carrying capacities
• Trains run outside city limits and run longer distances than metro trains
• Metro tracks are on surface, underground as well as overhead whereas trains run on tracks laid on the surface mostly.
• Metro provide relief to commuters inside a city and its suburbs while trains are indispensable for those needing to move to distant cities.