High Speed Rail Management


About This Course

In this course, we'll examine some of the considerations of high speed rail management, particularly as it relates to U.S. HSR initiatives. This course is based on materials provided by Mineta Transportation Institute and is taught by MTI's own Stan Feinsod, who has more than 25 years experience as a manager of rail operations and has consulted on the California High Speed Rail Project.

We'll first discuss policies and programs within the United States relating to HSR, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act. We'll then take a look at some advanced HSR technologies used abroad. Finally, we'll consider the environmental and economic impacts of HSR systems.

Course Format

This blended learning course will feature 3 live sessions on topics related to HSR systems management. Each session will feature a live lecture given via webinar, broadcast via Adobe Connect. The lecture will have an accompanying reading assignment. The reading assignment should be completed before the lecture session. Students are encouraged to discuss the week's reading assignments with their peers using the HSRLS forums.

Each lecture will begin at 1PM EDT and will run for about an hour. After each lecture, there will be a question-and-answer session.

  • Session 1: August 12th - Current US Policies and Programs related to HSR
  • Session 2: August 19th - HSR Advanced Technologies
  • Session 3: August 26th - Environmental and Economic Considerations for HSR


  • Class discussion of each topic
  • Examine the current state of HSR in the United States and learn the challenges facing the U.S. HSR program
  • Learn more about the technologies and infrastructure of world-wide HSR projects
  • Consider the benefits and impact of HSR systems on the environment
  • Learn about HSR economical considerations

Time to Complete

About 10 Hours

~3.5 Hours from lectures

~3 Hours from reading materials

~3.5 Hours devoted to the writing assignment

Category: High Speed Rail Basics
Start Date:  Monday, 12 August 2013
Topics: 4
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