Determining Performance Measures to Evaluate the Effect of High Speed Rail on Communities' Livability

The experience in Europe and Asia has proven that high-speed rail (HSR) could play a key role in the integration and enhancement of different communities. The success of HSR depends on effective planning: Connecting HSR with other transportation modes, especially commuter rail, and considering its relation to land policy, will enable the creation of mega-regions in which networks of communities are linked to provide greater mobility options and access to economic opportunity. However, it is difficult to evaluate these impacts using traditional transportation performance measures, which are usually mode- or sector-specific. This project will address the choice of adequate performance measures that are able to capture these effects. These performance measures will provide a framework under which decision makers will be able to evaluate different transportation alternatives in a multimodal and land-use context. In order to do that, a representation of the main subsystems involved in community transportation planning will be developed. A set of performance measures will then be proposed, aimed at capturing the main interactions between different subsystems. The performance measurements will also be considered in relation to the institutions and agencies likely to implement them, as well as the data necessary to support them. As a proof-of-concept, these performance measures will be used to evaluate different HSR implementation alternatives in the Northeast Corridor (NEC) of the US, to demonstrate their ability to capture the effects of interest and guide decision-making.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Start Date: 20120101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33369

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  • Accession Number: 01489799
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC01, MITR24-11
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2013 1:02AM