The study identifies and estimates the cost of right-of-way facility improvements necessary to provide for improved passenger trains operating at maximum speeds of 120-150 mph in three transportation corridors; Chicago-Detroit, Portland-Seattle, and Los Angeles-San Diego. An examination was made of the existing track condition and alignment, curve elevations and spiral lengths, bridge conditions and fencing requirements for safety, in order to identify the necessary system changes necessary to permit a high speed rail operation. A train interference analysis indicated facility modifications were required to relieve the congestion caused by the improved passenger service at specified frequencies. In the Chicago-Detroit Corridor the total cost of modifications is $64 million; in the Portland-Seattle Corridor the total cost of modifications is about $27 million; and in the Los Angeles-San Diego Corridor the total cost of modifications is $26 million.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pan-Technology Consulting Corporation

    1771 N Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1973-4-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 56 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-ORD/D-74-4 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-20080
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM