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American Public Transportation Association

 Curriculum

Track 101

(basic curriculum)

Track 201

(advanced program for 2010 practicum attendees)

Tuesday, May 3

Module I: Introduction to High Speed Systems

  • Potential in conventional network (“Incremental” rail speeds)
  • General approach to High Speed Rail
  • Review of HSR systems in the world.
Wednesday, May 4

Module II: Infrastructure for High Speed Rail

  • Process required for building a new high speed line
  • Main aspects, elements and parameters of infrastructure for a new line
  • Civil works
  • Superstructure for high speed: track, electrification, signaling, protection, safety and telecommunications
  • Building a new line; contracts, logistics, organization and planning of works.
  • Approval of a new high speed line
  • Maintenance and renewal
  • Economic aspects of infrastructure.

Module II: Environment

  • The environmental aspects of high speed rail
  • Land occupancy, energy consumption
  • CO2 balance of a High Speed project

Module III: Rolling Stock

  • Commercial and technical requirements; design; types of trains
  • Traction
  • Certification and approval of high speed rolling stock
  • Maintenance of high speed rolling stock
  • Economic aspects of rolling stock.

Module III: Stations

  • Stations for high speed systems
  • Basic requirements
  • Specificities
  • Impacts on the passenger, city, railway operator & infrastructure owner

Module IV: Operations

  • Basic operational principles for new high speed lines and trains
  • Mixed traffic operations
  • The central control room
  • Environmental aspects of high speed rail; energy aspects.
  • Standards (basic issues)

Module IV: Traffic Forecasting

  • Traffic forecasting
  • Seasonality
  • Impacts on business cases
Thursday, May 5

Module V: The Market and Customers

  • Traffic forecasting; modeling; results
  • Impact of a high speed project on mobility
  • Experiences of high speed rail in revenue service
  • Stations: importance, location and functionality (basic).

Module V: Standards

  • Standards for high speed systems
  • Necessity
  • Different types of standards
  • Specificity for high speed standards

Module VI: Economic, Financial and Managerial Considerations

  • Funding methods and ways and means of designing a high speed rail project
  • Financing
  • Managerial aspects of high speed rail companies
  • Research

Module VI: Financing

  • Business conception of high speed projects
  • Financing

Case History Studies:

  • A hypothetic case on location of high speed stations
  • A hypothetic business case of US HSR project

Module VII:

  • The Future of High Speed Rail
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