ESD.00 | Spring 2011 | Undergraduate

Introduction to Engineering Systems


Environmental Analysis of High-Speed Rail: Readings

R1 Project motivation and background

“Vision for High-Speed Rail in America.” U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration, April 2009. (PDF - 2.0MB)


Tomer, Adie, and Robert Puentes. “Expect Delays: An Analysis of Air Travel Trends in the United States.” Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute, October 2009. (PDF - 3.7MB)

Schafer, Andreas, and David G. Victor. “The Future Mobility of the World Population.” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 34, no. 3 (2000): 171-205.

R2 The case of California and the Northeast Corridor

Project Vision and Scope.” California High-Speed Rail Authority.

Northeast Corridor Main Line.” U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration.

R3 Full class recitation: Tutorial on Vensim  
R4 Demand forecasting and uncertainties

Guy, Ann Brody. “California High-Speed Rail Ridership Forecast Not Reliable, Study Finds.” UC Berkeley News Center, July 1, 2010.

Brownstone, David, Mark Hansen, and Samer Madanat. “Review of “Bay Area/California High-Speed Rail Ridership and Revenue Forecasting Study.”” UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies, June 2010.

R5 Full class recitation: Introduction to random variables, probability and statistics  
R6 Evaluating the environmental impacts of high-speed transportation Chester, Mikhail, and Arpad Horvath. “Life-cycle Assessment of High-Speed Rail: the Case of California.” Environmental Research Letters 5, no. 1 (2010).
R7 Full class recitation: Midterm project presentations  
R8 Network models of high-speed transportation  
R9 Project feedback and discussion  
R10 Project feedback and discussion (cont.)  
R11 Project lab hours  
R12 Project lab hours (cont.)  

Course Info

Learning Resource Types
Problem Sets with Solutions
Lecture Notes
Projects with Examples