Measuring the Economic Impact of High Speed Rail Construction for California and the Central Valley Region

Research Team

  • Hilary Nixon, Ph.D., San José State University, Department of Urban & Regional Planning
  • Matthew Holian, Ph.D., San José State University, Department of Economics
  • John Niles, M.S., Global Telematics
  • J. Mike Pogodzinski, Ph.D., San José State University, Department of Economics

Project Statement

Through a combination of case studies, reviews of scholarly and practitioner literatures, and original economic analyses, this study aims to determine how dollars spent on HSR construction-related activities (including construction, design, planning, and land acquisition) are subsequently reinvested within the local region and California.

Abstract

Despite several studies that estimate the total economic impact of California’s 800-mile high-speed rail system, a question remains regarding how dollars spent on HSR construction-related activities (i.e. construction, design, planning, and land acquisition) are subsequently reinvested within the local region and California, as opposed to out of state or country. Using a two-pronged approach that combines original economic analysis and modeling using the REMI Model in conjunction with in-depth case studies, the objective of this research is to determine how dollars spent on California high-speed rail construction-related activities are subsequently reinvested within the local region and California.