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High-speed Rail, Aircraft and Automobile Environmental Futures in California

Abstract California high-speed rail will add a new long-distance transportation service and has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and damages to human health and the environment. A life-cycle assessment is performed and results reported for the California corridor in the 2030 to 2050 time period. Several future infrastructure and operating characteristics are evaluated to determine the critical characteristics that should be focused on when designing, constructing, and operating the system. This research provides results for and discussions of the possible futures of California long-distance transportation service with a focus on a multi-modal system that includes high-speed rail.
Created Date 2012-04-11
Contributor Chester, Mikhail (Author) / Horvath, Arpad (Author)
Subject Transportation
Series Working Paper Series
Language English
Identifier Stock Number: SSEBE-CESEM-2012-WPS-001
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Note This working paper has been superseded by the author's Environmental Research Letters (ERL) publication, available at The working paper PDF is no longer available and interested readers should instead access the ERL manuscript.
Collaborating Institutions School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) / Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS