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Archive for the ‘High Speed Rail’ Category

Modal Shift and High-Speed Rail: A Review of the Current Literature

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
This report provides a review of scholarly literature with direct relevance to the topic of modal shift and high-speed rail (HSR). HSR systems are usually planned on the expectation that they will attract riders who would have chosen other modes (such as air, automobile, bus, etc.) had the HSR not been created. Identifying and measuring the actual ability of HSR to effect modal shift is therefore critical. To establish the most current systematic research on the topic, this report examines the evidence concerning HSR and modal shift in both secondary analyses of previous studies and in newer studies that use primarily original data. The studies that were reviewed comprise a large variety of HSR systems, time periods, data sources, and means of analysis.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Janet Kavinoky, Executive Director, Congressional & Public Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Janet Kavinoky, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Janet F. Kavinoky is a nationally recognized expert in transportation policy, funding, and finance. As executive director in the Chamber’s Congressional and Public Affairs Division, Kavinoky leads all transportation strategy, policy, and lobbying efforts. She has expertise in developing consensus policy positions among diverse stakeholders and lobbying Congress and executive branch agencies on a wide range of legislative and regulatory matters relating to surface, air, and water transportation.

“We need to look at infrastructure going forward, in the same way, I think, that an entrepreneur does when they’re pitching a business plan to an investor. An entrepreneur helps the investor visualize what’s going to happen, lays out a strategy, and inspires confidence to execute on that strategy. “

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program

Monday, May 12th, 2014
Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Robert Puentes is a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program where he also directs the program’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. The Initiative was established to address the pressing transportation and infrastructure challenges facing cities and suburbs in the United States and abroad.

“There’s no doubt that the paralysis in Washington is real and pervasive. I think we overemphasize, though, the federal role in a lot of this…I think, in fact, the federal paralysis is making states, cities, metropolitan areas experiment with a whole host of different things in order to get projects done.”

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Why High-Speed Rail Isn’t Less Cost-Effective Than Other Transit Investments (Part Two)

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Last week UCLA published a working paper arguing that urban transportation projects were more cost-effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions than high-speed rail (HSR). I posted a critique of that paper, focusing first on the benefits side of the ledger, showing that the authors had overstated the user savings of light rail, bus, and bicycle infrastructure projects while HSR’s savings may have been undersold. This week, I’m going to look at costs.

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Why High-Speed Rail Isn’t Less Cost-Effective Than Other Transit Investments (Part One)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

As someone who’s been car-free for going on six years, I’m the last person to criticize someone trying to raise the profile of local transit and active transportation investments — I rely on them every day and frequently write about the need for more. Even though most people don’t get rid of their cars when new transit services arrive, some do, and that’s amazing. We should celebrate and encourage that. But at the same time, pitting different forms of clean, efficient transit against one another isn’t productive, especially when those transit types serve entirely different purposes. I feel that this recent UCLA report understated the benefits of HSR while overselling the benefits of rail, bus, and bike infrastructure. In truth, they’re both outstanding investments and perfect complements, and we should be striving to find ways to build more of each.

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This Infra Week

Friday, February 28th, 2014
NYCDOT

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
The Passengers Are Up and Running, But Are the Trains?
Move Over Venice, Kirkland Gets in the Gondola Game
South Carolina’s Legare Bridge Gets Pedestrian/Cyclist Friendly
Could Congress Find Common Ground On Complete Streets?
Coulda Wouda Shouda: The HSR Edition
Nashville is Growing, But is its Transit System?

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February 25-27, Washington DC: High Speed Rail Summit 2014

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
February 25-27, Washington DC: High Speed Rail Summit 2014

Don’t miss the 2014 High Speed Rail Summit in Washington, DC this February 25-26. Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx will headline the summit.

Other highlighted speakers include: Karen Hedlund, FRA Deputy Administrator; John Mica, Congressman; Loretta Sanchez, Congresswoman; Stephen Gardner, Amtrak Vice President;

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 31st, 2014
San Bernadino I 215

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
San Bernardino, California: Divided No More
Miami Transportation Planners Light the Way
Big Energy Buildings Go Greener
Sprucing Up the Waiting Game
Atlanta Snowstorm Strands Drivers

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California’s Bullet Train Hobbled by Fresh Legal, Fiscal and Political Uncertainties

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 2
Barely recovered from the damaging effects of the Sacramento Court ruling denying the California High Speed Rail Authority access to Prop 1A bond funding, the bullet train project has had to face fresh challenges.

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 17th, 2014
Bike Portland-Image by GBD Architects

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!

-Portland Apartment Complexes Embrace Cyclists
-A Bump in the Track for Acela
-Chicago’s Ashland BRT Proposal Get Mixed Reviews
-Silver Line Closed Until Undisclosed Construction End Date

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