1st Edition

Evaluating High-Speed Rail Interdisciplinary perspectives

Edited By Daniel Albalate, Germà Bel Copyright 2017
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    High-speed Rail (HSR) is a technological transportation advance that has raised the interest of policy makers and researchers worldwide. The study of High-speed Rail is a recent phenomenon but has received increasing attention due to the extension of this mode of transportation around the globe.

    Evaluating High-Speed Rail contains some of the most recent and cutting edge studies on HSR from different disciplines. The book is organized around a variety of key topics related to the evaluation of High Speed Rail projects and experiences. These topics include: the economic appraisal and evaluation of High-Speed Rail projects; the evaluation of indirect and direct effects of High-Speed Rail; its territorial, redistributive and environmental impacts; its contribution or limitation to urban growth; and the management of challenges created by the arrival of High-Speed Rail lines to core cities. It also covers the contribution of High-Speed Rail to tourism and its impact on intermodal competition, with especial consideration to air transportation. Chapters analyse the expected effects of introducing on-track competition and designing public-private contracts to develop new lines.

    This cutting-edge volume offers rigorous analysis from top researchers in the field with a clear intention to deliver policy implications and provide the latest analysis on the impact of High Speed Rail. This book is suitable for students and academics interested in transportation infrastructure, economic impacts of public investments, mobility, planning and urban affairs, as well as researchers and policy makers in the transportation and infrastructure sector.

    Chapter 1: An evidence-based review of key issues in High-Speed Rail

    Chapter 2: The economic evaluation of major infrastructure projects: Notes on HSR projects

    Chapter 3: Financial and Social Profitability of HSR in Spain

    Chapter 4: Direct and Indirect Effects of High Speed Rail

    Chapter 5: High-speed rail services and tourism expansion: the need for cooperation

    Chapter 6: HSR and the City: Accessibility to stations and intermodality

    Chapter 7: Environmental Performance And Implications Of High Speed Rail

    Chapter 8: Environmental Assessment of High Speed Rail

    Chapter 9: Reality and opportunities for on-track competition in HSR

    Chapter 10: Assessing the high-speed rail competing with airlines: a critical perspective

    Chapter 11: High Speed Rail and PPPs: Between Optimization and Opportunism


    Daniel Albalate is an Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona, Spain.

    Germà Bel is a Full Professor at the University of Barcelona, Spain.