FACTORS INVOLVED IN UPGRADING PRESENT MAIN TRACKS TO SUPPORT VERY HIGH SPEEDS: PART 2-SPECIAL REPORT ON HIGH SPEED RAIL TRANSPORTATION

TRAIN SPEEDS OF 150--300 MPH PRESUME THE MOVEMENT OF PASSENGERS RATHER THAN CARGO. THE MAIN QUESTIONS THEN ARISING FROM HIGH-SPEED RAIL SERVICE ARE ECONOMIC: IF TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE, WHAT OUTLAYS FOR ROADBEDS, TERMINALS, TUNNELS, COMMUNICATIONS, ROLLING STOCK, ETC. WOULD BE REQUIRED BY THE RESULTING SYSTEMS, AND WOULD THESE SYSTEMS BE SUFFICIENTLY COMPETITIVE WITH OTHER FORMS OF PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION TO JUSTIFY THE CAPITAL EXPENDITURES? THESE QUESTIONS ARE TREATED IN THE LIGHT OF CURRENT TRAVEL DATA, PLANNING, AND INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS. EXTENDED TREATMENT IS GIVEN TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES, PARTICULARY THE SOVIET UNION, WHOSE COMMITMENT TO RAIL TRANSPORTATION HAS GENERATED A BROAD AND SYSTEMATIC RESEARCH PROGRAM. A FINAL SECTION IS DEVOTED TO THE PAPER PRODUCT OF THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECT, WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION TO COST ANALYSES FOR VARIOUS FORMS OF HIGH-SPEED RAIL AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 72, No 629, PP 9-71, 7 FIG, 14 TAB, 32 REF, 2 APP
  • Authors:
    • O'sullivan, W B
  • Publication Date: 1970-9

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  • Accession Number: 00241469
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1971 12:00AM