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8/27/2021



Rail News: High-Speed Rail

MTI releases guide to evaluate high-speed rail investment


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The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) recently partnered with the American Public Transportation Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials to aid in the development of a guide for evaluating the return on investment (ROI) for proposed high-speed and intercity passenger-rail projects. 

Assessing the ROI business case for intercity passenger-rail corridor investments — along with the associated methodology and toolkit — provides guidance to cities, metropolitan agencies, state DOTs and federal agencies by providing a common methodology and utilizing best practices to measure public benefits, MTI officials said in a news release 

The guidance on evaluating high-speed and intercity passenger-rail projects includes:

  • requirements for right of way, stations and station area access involving multiple communities, and broader areas that may span multiple states;
  • requirements for rolling stock operated by a dedicated service franchise agreement;
  • concentration of traveler activity at station stops in intermediate cities, as well as endpoints; and
  • requirements for supporting feeder transportation services connecting with stations.


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