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.

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