Low Expectations for High-Speed Rail at NYU Conference

Streetsblog New York City reports on the recent HSR conference Low Expectations for High-Speed Rail at NYU Conference
My talk on Economic Development and High Speed Rail gets a prominent mention:

“The most controversial comments of the day came from Professor David Levinson, a transportation engineer at the University of Minnesota. Pointing to pictures of surface parking lots next to high-speed rail stations in Japan and Europe, he argued that “there is no advantage to adjacency” — that high-speed rail stations are barely more likely to spur walkable development than airports.
He also walked through a body of research showing that high-speed rail gives a significant economic boost to whichever city serves as the system’s hub, but does little for cities on the spokes. Showing maps of hub-and-spoke networks proposed by municipalities from around the country, he noted that every city, no matter how small, imagined itself at the center.”

This is not quite what I said, or at least, not quite what I thought I said, but it’s not too far off. I meant, the economic boost for the hub is weak, the economic boost for the spokes is approximately non-existant.
A Keynote version of the slides are available here.
The paper is here.

OPML – List of Transportation Journals and List of Transportation blogs

With the rise of RSS feeds, it is easier to stay on top of the academic literature, especially for those of us without a nearby physical library. I have compiled a list of the journals I track into an OPML file, which should be importable into the newsreader of your choice (e.g. Google Reader)
Also, the list of transportation blogs that I follow is below:
Happy reading.

Journal of Transport and Land Use 3(1)

Journal of Transport and Land Use, Volume 3 Issue 1 is now out.
Papers include:

  • The impact of telecommuting on residential relocation and residential preferences: A latent class modelling approach by Dick Ettema
  • Equip the warrior instead of manning the equipment: Land use and transport planning support in the Netherlands by Marco te Brommelstroet
  • Finding food: Issues and challenges in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to measure food access by Ann Forsyth, Leslie Lytle, and David Van Riper
  • Efficiency and equity of orbital motorways in Madrid by Juan Carlos Martin, Juan Carlos García-Palomares, Javier Gutierrez, and Concepción Román
  • Evaluation of land use-transportation systems with the Analytic Network Process by Reza Banai
  • Assessing the impacts of Light Rail Transit on urban land in Manila by Javier F. Pacheco-Raguz
  • Discussion of “The Role of Employment Subcenters in Residential Location Decisions” between Uri Avin and Daniel A. Rodriguez