Technical Reports

Investigating Technical Challenges and Research Needs Related to Shared Corridors for High-Speed Passenger

  • 20
  • May
  • 2013
AUTHOR: M.R. Saat, C.P.L. Barkan
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-13/29
SUBJECT: High-Speed Passenger Rail, Heavy Axle Load (HAL)
KEYWORDS: Shared corridor, high speed rail, heavy axle load freight
ABSTRACT: The development of both incremental and dedicated high-speed rail lines in the United States poses a number of questions. Despite nearly 50 years of international experience in planning, designing, building and operating high-speed passenger infrastructure and rolling stock, there is a range of problems partially or completely unique to North America. Successful development of expanded higher speed, and new, very high-speed rail, will require careful analysis and, in many cases, research to develop satisfactory solutions. The questions involve a range of engineering, operational, economic, and institutional aspects. This report introduces various technical challenges related to shared high-speed passenger and freight rail corridors, describes an effort to prioritize the challenges, and presents an in-depth literature review of the high-priority challenges to identify existing research and future research needs.

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