High Speed Rail: Suggestions for Case Studies, Research Questions, and Projects

High Speed Rail: Suggestions for Case Studies, Research Questions, and Projects

Raj Selladurai (Indiana University Northwest, USA) and George VandeWerken (Providence Bank, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0102-2.ch013


High-speed rail is gaining momentum worldwide in many countries in the world including the United States and especially in the state of California, Florida, and Texas currently. Focusing on the list of topics below would enable readers including professionals, policy-makers, leaders, staff, academicians, scholars, and students to explore assignments and research into innovative ideas, plans, and strategies related to high-speed rail in the U.S. The chapter presents a list of topics that includes case studies, research questions, projects, and other suggestions to stimulate further research and explore assignments into more optimal formulation and implementation of high-speed rail for the U.S. in the future.
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Research Questions/Areas/Topics to Explore:

  • 1.

    How may we replicate the California High Speed Rail development and implementation experience in other travel corridors?

  • 2.

    How do we build continuous support for California high-speed rail within California constituencies?

  • 3.

    How do we ensure optimal implementation of high-speed rail for California in the future?

  • 4.

    Which funding model is most efficient for high-speed rail development – public, private, or a blended, hybrid approach?

  • 5.

    Develop an integrated, multi-modal optimal transportation model customized for a specific region in the U.S.

  • 6.

    Explore further research into formulation and implementation of an airline and high-speed rail collaboration model.

  • 7.

    Explore formulation and implementation of high-speed rail in the Southwest region of the U.S.

  • 8.

    Given the map (below) of a high-speed rail vision (http://www.ushsr.com/), how do we more effectively implement this vision into reality in the future? What strategies may be used to facilitate the formulation and implementation of this vision into reality --in specific travel corridors? In specific time periods/phases?

Figure 1.

US HSR network phasing plan


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