High-Speed Surface Transportation Cost Estimating

by John A. Harrison, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas, Inc, Boston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The cost of building and operating high-speed surface transportation (HSST) systems in the United States is a critical factor in determining their feasibility. Costs are difficult to estimate without performing in-depth system-specific engineering studies. Significant cost differences can result from variations in route topography; in right-of-way location, availability, and suitability; in civil reconstruction and relocation requirements; and in other corridor-specific factors. Cost estimating is also made difficult because there has been no actual U.S. experience in constructing and operating HSST systems, and foreign experience cannot easily be translated accurately.

Subject Headings: Route preferences | Systems engineering | Rapid transit systems | Feasibility studies | Routing (transportation) | Topography | Construction management | Financial management | United States

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