High-Speed Rail and Equine Issues

High-Speed Rail and Equine Issues


Community concerns have been raised about the possible negative impacts of high-speed rail (HSR) service on equestrian areas. Although much is known about the impact of aircraft noise on wild and domestic animals, relatively little information is available on the potential impact of HSR service on equine populations. This study will explore possible conflicts between HSR construction and operations in areas used for equestrian ranching, recreation, and related activities, and identify geographic areas where such conflicts could occur.



Since 1999, Dr. Haas has been a faculty member in the Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) program operated by the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San Jose State University and has served as MTI Director of Education since October 2001. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (Public Policy and Public Administration) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. A former director of the SJSU Master of Public Administration program, he also has consulted at every level of government and for nonprofit agencies. As a Research Associate for MTI, Dr. Haas has authored numerous reports and other publications on transportation topics, including high-speed rail workforce development and station planning, as well as transportation finance and tax initiatives. He is also co-author of the text Applied Policy Research: Concepts and Cases.


Allie Scrivener is a regional planner at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), where she provides construction compliance and permit coordination for projects within the Los Angeles - San Diego - San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) corridor. She recently completed her Master of Science in Transportation Management at San Jose State University. She is a member of the American Planning Association’s San Diego Chapter and an avid cyclist who values improving transportation for all travel modes.


December 2015


High-speed rail