HSR Terminals

MIT Project Information

NuRail Project IDNURail2017-MIT-R04
Project TitleHSR Terminals
UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Project ManagerSussman
Principal InvestigatorDaniel Mascoop
PI Contact Information
Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization)
Total Project Cost$
Agency ID or Contract NumberDTRT13-G-UTC52 (Grant 2)
Start Date2016-01-01
End Date2018-01-31
Brief Description of Research ProjectThis thesis will aim to study how organizational structure, interests and interactions affect the economic, physical and social impacts of major rail station development, particularly stations impacted by planned high-speed rail development. Evaluating how these important rail stations are developed and organized and how governments and the public value them can offer insight into these projects’ true benefits. In all, this research will aim to inform how best to develop rail stations (and broader rail infrastructure projects) and address associated organizational and infrastructural problems. Relevant research questions include:
• How does a major intercity rail innovation (HSR planning and development) augment the importance of a rail hub and impact its development and societal purpose?
• What organizational and economic interests cause the greatest impacts on rail station development?
• How do organizations assert their interests at major rail hubs? And do these efforts also influence how these organizations work in other related capacities?
Describe Implementation of Research Outcomes (or why not implemented)The research results are implemented in the form of MIT theses. One – Rebecca Hayward on Penn Station in NYC – was completed earlier and appears on our website (see below). The other – Daniel Mascoop on St. Pancras and Las Vegas – is still in progress. In both instances, professional papers are anticipated.
We are currently considering other HSR terminals for analysis in the future.
Impacts/Benefits of Implementation (actual, not anticipated)A deeper understanding of the connection between design decisions for HSR terminals and economic, political and social impacts of HSR has been developed through this research. These studies in different urban settings give the profession a rich set of cases that can be of value in designing other HSR terminals.
Web Linkshttp://web.mit.edu/hsr-group;
Project Website
Final ReportNURail2017-MIT-R04_final_report_Mascoop_compressed.pdf