Wednesday, September 3, 7:00am - 8:00am
100 Nedderman Hall, UT Arlington campus

High-Speed Rail Viability in Texas


Stephen Mattingly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
UT Arlington


High-speed intercity passenger rail service is not a new concept. It began in Japan in 1964 with the Shinkansen service between Tokyo and Osaka; in less than three years, 100 million people had traveled the route. On the other side of the globe, Britain introduced one route in 1976; France followed with its Tres Grande Vitesse service in 1981, and China in 2004. High-speed rail service is now commonplace throughout Europe, Japan and China. So, what's happening closer to home?


For more than two decades, Texas transportation engineers and business and governmental leaders have envisioned high-speed passenger rail service linking the state's major urban centers -- Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin -- the so-called Texas Urban Triangle. Recent private activity has brought the possibility of high-speed rail in Texas closer to reality. What benefits, challenges and opportunities are there in creating a European-like system here?


In this presentation, Dr. Mattingly discusses the strengths and challenges facing high-speed rail in Texas by comparing downtown Europe vs. downtown Texas, examining potential routes and ridership, and considering financial possibilities/realities.


Stephen Mattingly received a B.S. in civil engineering from Rice University, an M.S. from UT Arlington and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. His research centers on transportation issues, primarily vehicle emissions, traffic control, urban infrastructure planning and intercity passenger rail service. Dr. Mattingly is the author or co-author of numerous published articles and conference papers.

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