Reports to Congress

High-Speed Ground Transportation for America

  • 01
  • Aug
  • 1996
SUBJECT: High-Speed Passenger Rail
ABSTRACT: High-speed ground transportation (HSGT) - a family of technologies ranging from upgraded existing railroads to magnetically levitated vehicles - is a passenger transportation option that can best link metropolitan areas lying about 100 to 500 miles apart. To provide an objective basis for transport policy formulation and planning at the State and Federal levels, this report examines the economics of bringing HSGT to well-populated groups of cities throughout the United States. The intention is to draw nationwide - not corridor specific - conclusions from projections of the likely investment needs, operating performance, and benefits of HSGT in a set of illustrative corridors in several regions. Although useful collectively, these case studies cannot substitute for the more detailed, State- and privately-sponsored analyses of specific corridors that would be prerequisite to HSGT implementation.