Quantifying rail transit investments with appropriate measures and metrics
by Shailesh Chandra; Ravi Mazin
World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research (WRITR), Vol. 9, No. 4, 2020

Abstract: An evaluation is carried out to quantify measures for an on-going rail transit investment project. The project involves enhancing the connectivity between San Onofre to Pulgas in the Southern California Region. In this project, a single track is expanded into double line second track construction with a planned completion in the year 2022. The line currently serves both freight and passenger rail at present. With an investment of $30 million in the San Onofre to Pulgas Double Track Phase 2, the following percentage changes would be noted in the short term: the increase in stop-level accessibility along the route of 200%, GHG emission reduction of 1.22%, percentage ridership and boarding increase along the route of 15.8%, travel time reduction of 36%, and resource utilisation increase of 32.3%. The findings are useful for policy makers in assessing investment outcome on intercity passenger rail transportation in California.

Online publication date: Mon, 09-Nov-2020

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