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APTA’s Center for High-Speed Rail has identified a comprehensive list of resources to assist in developing and moving forward with high-speed rail in the United States.

This information is categorized by APTA Resources, FRA Resources, Legislation, and Other Resources.

APTA Resources

Framework for Assessing the Return on Investment from High-Speed and Intercity Rail Projects

September 2017

This report reviews 47 prior studies that have assessed benefits, costs, economic impacts and/or social impacts of High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail (HS&IPR) proposals. The review shows consensus that HS&IPR can have broad societal benefits that go far beyond time and cost for users. There is, however, a lack of consistency regarding coverage of alternative travel modes, breadth of study areas and time periods, and the set of wider societal benefits that are covered.​ This report provides a guide to developing a comprehensive study of the potential impacts of proposed HS&IPR projects. The background report can be accessed here​.

2015 APTA High-Speed Train Survey

September 2015

n a survey conducted by TechnoMetrica for APTA, two-thirds (63 percent) of Americans are likely to use high-speed trains if high-speed rail were available today. This jumps to nearly seventy (67) percent when respondents were informed of the costs and time saving benefits of high-speed rail service.

High-Speed Rail: On the Move in America

July 2012

High-speed rail is critical to America’s economic future. Congestion on our highways and runways already costs $130 billion a year, and our population is expected to grow by another 100 million people in the next 40 years. That is the key rationale behind the Obama Administration’s more than $10 billion investment in high-speed and passenger rail projects across the country.

Opportunity Cost of Inaction: High-Speed Rail and High Performance Passenger Rail in the United States

July 2012

This paper addresses the initial investment and on-going cost of operation and maintenance of high-performance passenger rail (HPPR) in four of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sanctioned HPPR regional networks – Northeast, Chicago Hub, California, and Northwest – over a 40 year period. The system can generate a net benefit of at least $660 million annually. If the nation should forgo this opportunity, it stands to sustain a cost of at least $26.4 billion in foregone economic benefits over the next four decades.

An Inventory of the Criticisms of High-Speed Rail With Suggested Responses and Counterpoints.

An Inventory of the Criticisms of High-Speed Rail With Suggested Responses and Counterpoints
January 2012

This report is the summary of extensive research that examined the criticism that has been leveled over the past three years at the national efforts to improve intercity passenger rail and introduce true high-speed passenger rail in the United States.

Getting It Done: Building High-Speed Passenger Rail in America

Getting It Done: Building High-Speed Passenger Rail in America
2009

America is poised to take the most significant step toward transforming its transportation network since the Interstate Highway System was begun more than 50 years ago. The nation is embarking on an ambitious plan that will lead to a network of high-speed rail corridors that will support millions of jobs, help revitalize our economy and improve mobility for millions of Americans.

APTA's Recommendations on Federal Public Transportation Authorizing Legislation

APTA’s Recommendations on Federal Public Transportation Authorizing Legislation: High-Speed Rail Program
Revised November 1, 2009

The recommendations provide a solid framework for a stronger federal role in public transportation and recognize the significant energy, environmental, and economic benefits of public transportation. They serve as the first step toward fulfilling APTA’s TransitVision 2050.

APTA High-Speed Rail Legislative Principles.

APTA’s Principles for a Legislative Framework: Fleshing Out an Ongoing Federal High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program
Adopted October 3, 2010

Passenger Transport: APTA Adopts High-Speed Rail Legislative Principles
October 11, 2010

The results of a national survey that show that nearly two-thirds of Americans are interested in traveling by high-speed rail and the figure soars to 74 percent among those in the 18-24 age brackets.

This report focuses on key issues critical to private investors as they consider investments or future expansion into business serving growing passenger rail markets.  It highlights national and international trends, the market potential in the U.S. future funding sources, and the need for public support.


FRA Resources

Preliminary National Rail Plan High-Speed Rail Corridor Designations


Legislation


Other Resources

High Speed Rail and Sustainability

High-Speed Rail and Sustainability
International Union of Railways
November 2011

Carbon Footprint of High Speed Rail

Carbon Footprint of High-Speed Railway Infrastructure
International Union of Railways
November 2011

This study looks at the carbon footprint analysis of four new high speed rail lines.

California High-Speed Rail Program Draft 2012 Business Plan

California High-Speed Rail Program Draft 2012 Business Plan
California High-Speed Rail Authority
November 2011

In 2008, Californians voted to develop a statewide high-speed rail program. This business plan marks the transition from the vision of a world-class high-speed rail system to the realities of building and operating that system.

Intercity Rail Passenger Systems Update

Intercity Rail Passenger Systems Update
Transportation Research Board
Summer 2011

The online newsletter is designed to disseminate information about current research and developments in intercity rail passenger systems.

High-Speed Rail: Public, Private or Both?

High-Speed Rail: Public, Private or Both?
U.S. PIRG
Summer 2011

Public-private partnerships – or “PPPs” – have come to play an important role in the construction of high-speed rail lines around the world. The experience with high-speed rail PPPs, however, has been mixed.

A Track Record of Success: High-Speed Rail Around the World and Its Promise for America

A Track Record of Success: High-Speed Rail Around the World and Its Promise for America
U.S. PIRG Education Fund
November 2010

As America moves toward construction of new high-speed rail networks in regions throughout the country, we have much to learn from experiences abroad.

Transportation Research Board's Online Newsletter

Intercity Rail Passenger Systems Update
Transportation Research Board
Fall 2010

The online newsletter is designed to disseminate information about current research and developments in intercity rail passenger systems.

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