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Impact of High Speed Rail Stations on Local Development: A Delphi Survey

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High speed rail (HSR) is planned for California and other US states, but there is a significant lack of knowledge regarding the urban development impacts that HSR systems have had in other parts of the world. The study identifies the important preconditions for positive development around HSR stations, the most important positive and negative effects of such development, and extracts lessons for California. From a Delphi survey of twenty-seven experts, we found that the impacts of HSR on the urban development of adjacent station areas differ depending on the context and circumstances. A number of preconditions should be in place for positive development to happen, such as careful choice of station location, an urban design vision for the station area, a transportation plan that links the station to other modes, supportive land-use policies and zoning regulations, and processes that help create broad interest coalitions and elicit community support.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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