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High-Speed Rail and Sustainability
Decision-making and the political economy of investment

ISBN 9781138891975
Published January 6, 2017 by Routledge
386 Pages

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Book Description

High speed rail (HSR) is being touted as a strategic investment for connecting people across regions, while also fostering prosperity and smart urban growth. However, as its popularity increases, its implementation has become contentious with various parties contesting the validity of socioeconomic and environmental objectives put forward as justification for investment.

High Speed Rail and Sustainability explores the environmental, economic and social effects of developing a HSR system, presenting new evaluations of the proposed system in California in the US as well as lessons from international experience. Drawing upon the accumulated experience from past HSR system development around the world, leading experts present a diverse set of perspectives as well as diverse contexts of implementation. Assessments of the California case as well as cases from Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, and the UK show how governments and stakeholders have bridged the gap between the vision and the realities of connecting metropolitan regions through HSR.

This is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and policy-makers in the areas of urban planning, civil engineering, transportation and environmental design.

Table of Contents

Preface Blas L. Pérez Henríquez and Elizabeth Deakin

Section I – What have we learned so far from high-speed rail systems around the world?

1. Introduction to HSR Elizabeth Deakin

2. Realizing the Potential of HSR: The United Kingdom Experience David Banister and Moshe Givoni

3. The Shinkansen and its Impacts Yoshitsugo Hayashi, Aoto Mimuro, Ji Han and Hirokazu Kato

4. Where High-Speed Rail is Relevant: The French Case Study Yves Crozet

5. Evidence from the Italian High-Speed Rail Market: Competition between Modes and Between HSR Operators Ennio Cascetta and Pierluigi Coppola

6. High-Speed Rail in Spain: Territorial Management and Sustainable Urban Development Jose Maria de Ureña, Manuel Beñegas and Inmaculada Mohíno

7. High-Speed Rail and Air Travel Complementarity: The Case of Germany Werner Rothengatter

8. Taiwan’s HSR and the Financial Crises of the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation Jason Ni, S.K. Jason Chang, and T.C. Kao

9. Study on the Influence of Site Selection of High-speed Railway Stations on Travel Efficiency—An example of Shanghai Hongqiao Hub Pan Haixiao, Ye Song and Chen Minglei

10. Forecasting for High Speed Rail: An Operator’s Perspective on Risk Reduction through Informed Use of Forecasting Jean-Pierre Pradayrol and Alain Leray

11. Enhancing the Cost-Benefit Analysis of High-Speed Rail Chris Nash

Section II - California’s Bold HSR Adventure: Transforming Transport Culture in America?

12. Background on HSR in California Elizabeth Deakin

13. High-Speed Rail and Smart Growth in California Peter Calthorpe

14. Policy Process, Institutions, and the California High-Speed Rail Project: Towards Sustainable Transportation and Smart Growth? Blas L. Pérez Henríquez and Elizabeth Deakin

15. High-Speed Rail and Economic Development: Business Agglomerations and Policy Implications Jin Murakami and Robert Cervero

16. Environmental Impact of High-Speed Rail in California Elizabeth Deakin

17. Uncertainties in the Life Cycle Assessment of High-speed Rail’s Energy and Environmental Impacts Mikhail Chester, Megan Smirti Ryerson and Arpad Horvath

18. Equity Analysis of California High-Speed Rail Cornelius Nuworsoo

19. NIMBY Reactions to HSR: Conflicts over the Proposed Right of Way Michael O’Hare and Ander Audikana

20. High-Speed Rail Stations as Transportation Nodes and Places: Lessons for California Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Deike Peters

21. Sustainable Mobility: Towards Integrated Transport Systems in 2050 Elizabeth Deakin and Blas Luis Pérez Henríquez

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Blas Luis Pérez Henriquez is the Founding Director of the California - Global Energy, Water & Infrastructure Innovation Initiative, Stanford University, USA.

Elizabeth Deakin is Professor Emerita of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.