Beyond High Speed Rail: California Networked Transit PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011 12:01
Transportation networks are like plants: there must be a balance between the "trunks" and "branches" for both to be healthy and thrive. Unfortunately, as currently conceived, California's High Speed Rail (HSR) proposal is all trunk and no branches. Current HSR design philosophy imposes an entirely new, separate, extremely costly infrastructure that is not capable of passenger train “interoperability” to/from existing rail lines. Due to this and other problems, California’s HSR faces serious trouble.

To address this problem, has produced White Paper 2011-1, Beyond High Speed Rail: California Networked Transit. This White Paper proposes a radical change in design philosophy: "Networked Transit."

“Networked Transit” should become a major focus of state government, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of the intercity rail and HSR programs. Networked Transit is a customer needs-driven approach rather than the current technology-centered agenda. The benefits of Networked Transit–where each and every transit mode is considered for its place in an overall network or system, not just its technological characteristics–is best illustrated by an example from Switzerland, where the transit network connects from minibuses serving the smallest Alpine village to the country’s largest train station in Zurich.

This paper is available in PDF format from
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