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Accessibility impacts of high-speed rail


  • Levinson, David M.


► Most HSR proposals are hub-and-spoke designs, benefitting the hubs more than spokes. ► The economic development effects of HSR are small and uncertain. ► Planning for HSR in the US is ad hoc and top down.

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  • Levinson, David M., 2012. "Accessibility impacts of high-speed rail," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 288-291.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jotrge:v:22:y:2012:i:c:p:288-291
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2012.01.029

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    High-speed rail; Accessibility; Hub-and-spoke; Network structure; Economic development;
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    JEL classification:

    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns


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