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On the social and economic profitability of high-speed railway lines


Author/s: Jaime Barreiro Gil

Investments in infrastructures for the transport system should not be dissociated from regional development policies and territorial planning. Neither should those used on high-speed railway lines be seen as a simple response to the congestion of other modes of transport in metropolitan environments. Without these precautions, the ex ante evaluation of such investments is reduced to a mere verification of explicit profitabilities, disregarding their potential as factors of growth and development.

Keywords: Transport system, high-speed rail, regional development, economic growth, territorial planning.

Publication: 360.high speed magazine Nº 1 - November 2011, pp.5-16


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