Local, State and Federal Approvals in Developing High Speed Rail Systems in the U.S.

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by Charles B. Mudd, Jr., ICF Kaiser Engineers, Jacksonville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering

Abstract: The implementation of high speed ground transportation systems in the United States will require numerous reviews and approvals at the local, state and federal levels. It is important to understand what approvals are required as well as how such approvals should be accomplished in a manner that is cost effective, timely and without undue duplication. The approvals that will be required focus on three basic types, including: high speed ground transportation operations; environmental, or; land use and zoning. A full understanding of required governmental approvals, and the related costs of such approvals, is important for both the public and private sectors in the development of a partnership for high speed ground transportation in the U.S.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Federal government | Public policy | Public private partnership | Zoning | Rapid transit systems | North America | United States

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