Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation study - Business Case Analysis - October 9, 2018 advisory group meeting

Overview - Advisory Group Meeting 2 - October 9, 2018

Twenty members of the committee attended the second meeting. The agenda included:

  • Update on corridor planning including travel demand modeling
  • Overview of the economic impact study
  • Lessons learned from the California High Speed Rail program

Update on corridor planning

  • The 2017 UHSGT Feasibility Study showed demand for ultra-high-speed service at a conceptual level, with the ability to maximize cost recovery with 12 round trips a day
  • The business case analysis will identify population concentrations and their relationship to transit, employment centers and emerging industries to identify conceptual alignments and potential station locations
  • A ridership survey will be conducted in the project corridor to understand how travelers make choices between travel modes

Economic impact study

  • Developing an economic profile of the megaregion will help identify synergies and areas of complement within the corridor
  • Future work in the business case analysis will include modeling economic growth to identify wider economic impacts and develop a benefit cost analysis

History and lessons learned from CAHSR

  • California High-Speed Rail program experienced challenges with acquiring right of way and grant expenditure deadlines
  • The CAHSR experience has helped inform several best practices, including working closely with stakeholders, conducting early hazard analyses, incorporating socioeconomic projections and strengthening oversight functions

Advisory Group Discussion

  • Corridor planning should include current and future conditions, and consider how high-speed travel could help alleviate key highway congestion areas
  • Define and analyze equity considerations as part of corridor planning
  • Consider modeling the impact of the project on greenhouse gas emissions
  • Ensure models define how far people will travel to access ultra-high-speed transportation
  • Include analysis of growing industries in the region, including clean technology, healthcare, and maritime
  • Provide an overview at future meetings of FRA and  both U.S. and Canadian environmental review processes, as well as public private partnership opportunities