Title: High-speed rail in the USA: on track or not?

Authors: Theodore M. Schwartz; Heather Hawkins

Addresses: Hagan School of Business, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY 10801 USA ' 134-13 155th Street, Springfield Gardens, NY, USA

Abstract: Countries in Asia and Europe have embarked on major infrastructure projects to upgrade existing rail systems to High-Speed Rail (HSR) and to develop new HSR systems. In the USA, progress has been more halting, with significant political and economic barriers to the growth of HSR. This paper examines the advantages and disadvantages of HSR, the experience of other countries and the barriers to the growth of HSR in the USA. By studying the effects of HSR in other countries, recommendations for the future of high-speed rail in the USA can be more realistically evaluated.

Keywords: HSR; high speed rail; HSIRP; high speed intercity passenger rail; railway infrastructure; IPR; intercity passenger rail; public investment; public policy; transport; railways; train travel; USA; United States.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2013.053086

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2013 Vol.13 No.2, pp.153 - 169

Published online: 29 Sep 2014 *

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