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Posts Tagged ‘High Speed Rail’

The Great East Japan Earthquake: Lessons for California High-Speed Rail

Friday, May 29th, 2015
Figure 1. Comparison of the Moment Magnitude and Corresponding Energy Release of Large Earthquakes and Other High-energy Phenomena

Earthquakes are a reality in both Japan and California. Seismically active areas lie near and under high-speed rail systems in Japan and along the proposed route for the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (CHSRA) developing system. Japanese high-speed lines have withstood significant earthquakes without a single loss of life. Their experiences are instructive for California as it develops its system.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Erik Steavens, Rail Division Director, Texas Department of Transportation

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Erik Steavens on The Infra Blog

Erik Steavens is a twenty-year transportation professional with a diverse background in multimodal transportation. For the past two years, he has managed his own firm, TIP Consultants, to assist public and private sector clients in navigating through the complex transportation funding and implementation environment. Previously, Steavens was the division director of intermodal programs for the Georgia Department of Transportation, where he managed the state’s rail, transit, aviation and port interests.

“Certainly we have been blessed with corridors in Texas that have the potential for the ridership and revenue growth that could sustain a high-speed rail operation…There are very few places in the country that could make those claims. So we are optimistic. We are hopeful that we can help facilitate a project that could be a true game changer for Texas.”

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At a Crossing: California High Speed Rail

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
At a Crossing: California High Speed Rail

California is one of the largest states in the US. It’s resident to more than 38 million people and as time forges ahead, it will continue to get bigger. Transport in California is already strained and with a growing population, the state faces a crisis in the coming decades. How can this transportation crisis within California be addressed? And how does High Speed Rail fit into this large, complex, equation? This documentary helps answers those questions and show how important High Speed Rail is to the future of California.

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How to Build a Better California Around High Speed Rail

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
A High Speed Foundation

High speed rail could offer numerous benefits to California. According to proponents, the system can reduce the need for costly new highway and airport expansions in California’s congested short-haul air markets and crowded intercity freeways, which are some of the busiest and most delay-prone in the nation – potentially saving $170 billion over 20 years. High speed rail could also help the state’s economy by supporting more convenient and efficient travel as well as increasing traveler productivity.

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Environmental Assessment of Air and High-Speed Rail

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Environmental Assessment of Air and High-Speed Rail

AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Introduction In accommodating surging intercity transportation demand during an era of unprecedented environmental concern, understanding the environmental trade-offs and co-benefits of air and high-speed rail (HSR) transportation is critical for producing high-quality information for decision makers. An analysis of the environmental impacts of air and HSR competition or complementary service in […]

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US High Speed Rail Association Applauds the California Legislature for Voting ‘Yes’ to Move Forward with High Speed Rail

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Washington, DC – The US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR) commends the California Legislature for their vision, leadership, and commitment to the state’s new high speed rail project. USHSR and its 250 members fully support this visionary transportation project, and commend the legislature and Governor Brown for leading the way in getting America to think big again.

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More Unwelcome News for the California High Speed Rail Project

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 19 Decidedly, early June has not been the best of times for the California high-speed rail project. On June 2, came a new poll showing that fifty-nine percent of voters would now oppose building high-speed rail if the measure were placed on the ballot again. Sixty-nine percent said that they would […]

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May 22-24, San Francisco, CA: High Speed Rail Conference Update

Friday, May 18th, 2012

From US High Speed Rail Association:
Only 1 week to go! New Speakers, Tours Announced, Agenda Updates…

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The High-Speed Rail Program Under Congressional Scrutiny

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Innovation NewsBriefs Vol. 22, No. 32 A combative Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood defended the Administration’s high-speed rail program at a December 6 oversight hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to discuss congressional concerns with the program’s direction and focus. “We will not be dissuaded by the naysayers and the critics,” LaHood said heatedly. […]

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California’s Bullet Train in the Court of Public Opinion

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Innovation NewsBriefs Vol. 22, No. 31 California’s Bullet Train in the Court of Public Opinion A business plan released on November 1 by the the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), has placed the price tag for the LA-SF bullet train project at $98 billion— trippling the $33 billion estimate provided in 2008 in the voter-approved […]

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