Since the 1960's, the US has been interested in high-speed rail and advanced ground transport technologies, including magnetic levitation. A failing rail infrastructure and institutional reform have taken precedence, thus, expertise in high-speed rail now rests abroad. When US transportation systems evolved to include increased use of air and automobile technologies for intercity travel, passenger rail service experienced significant ridership declines, resulting in institutional changes from private to public sector operation. Now, nine corridors are being actively explored by State, and local governments, regional agencies, and US and foreign technology developers and suppliers for possible application of high-speed ground transport systems. This OTA assessment seeks to lay out in general form what is known about these high-speed technologies and the foreign experience with them, and to identify the areas of uncertainty relative to their application in the United States. The study is intended to identify policy questions and issues pertinent to debate on the subject.

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  • Pagination: 112 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389764
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OTA-STI-222
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM