Intercity Passenger Rail Productivity in the Northeast Corridor: Implications for the Future of High-Speed Rail

The ongoing discussion about the future implementation of high-speed rail (HSR) in the Northeast Corridor (NEC) is full of questions on the feasibility of HSR and the ability of Amtrak to implement it. Indeed, the introduction of the Acela Express in the past decade was not free from operating problems, but even with trains running below their full potential, the Amtrak NEC had substantial market growth. Thus, it is not clear if a true HSR service is feasible in the NEC, and if the current prospects are potentially effective. To evaluate the performance of the NEC and its main services in FY 2002-2012, and make inferences about HSR in the NEC for the next 30 years, the authors use productivity analysis. The authors employ a non-parametric single factor productivity (SFP) Törnqvist trans-log index approach with several metrics. The authors set ridership, revenue, revenue passenger-miles (RPM), and available seat-miles (ASM) as outputs, and operating costs as input. In this way, the authors provided guidelines and a robust structure of analysis that can be useful for subsequent passenger rail productivity studies.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 178p

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  • Accession Number: 01599277
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail2012-MIT-R02
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC18
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2016 9:55AM