Technical Reports

Northeast Corridor High Speed Rail Passenger Service Improvement Project: Task 7A - Terminals

  • 01
  • May
  • 1975
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: High-Speed Passenger Rail
KEYWORDS: Rail Passenger Handling Facilities, Terminal, Station, Railroad Transportation Interface
ABSTRACT: A significant requirement of the Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973 is the establishment of improved high speed rail passenger service consonant with the recommendations of the Secretary of Transportation in his report of September 1971 entitled “Recommendations for Northeast Corridor Transportation.’’ Engineering studies were undertaken to a) assist the Federal Railroad Administration in the development of detailed plans for the service, and b) provide inputs to the United States Railway Association for the development of preliminary and final system plans for the region. An essential element of any intercity passenger transport system is the interface with local transportation - both public and private. In recognition of this critical interface, a major, task was undertaken to recommend a development program for upgrading fourteen major rail passenger handling terminals in the Corridor. The program was designed to meet overall goals and objectives of convenience, capacity, attractiveness and other level-of-service characteristics commensurate with high quality transportation facilities. The product which is contained in this Report consists of terminal performance standards, inventories of existing terminals and vicinity access/egress facilities, and recommended concept development plans for the terminals, parking facilities and urban transportation infrastructures in which they are located. Preliminary estimates of costs associated with the development plans are also included in this Report.
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