The high-speed bus (HSB) as an alternative to the high-speed rail (HSR): A conceptual approach examined through a case study

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Abstract

This is a conceptual paper that argues that bus services in the form of a new product, named the high-speed bus (HSB) could be an attractive alternative to investment in high-speed rail (HSR) on some corridors. A proposal by the Israeli government to build an HSR connecting Tel Aviv in the center of the country with the city of Eilat in the South is used as a case study to examine the HSB concept. Comparison between the HSR and HSB alternatives is made in general terms and with respect to investment, direct transport impacts and non-transport impacts. Not aiming to provide a full evaluation, the comparison demonstrates unequivocally that developing bus services could be a viable and superior alternative to the HSR in many circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-518
Number of pages12
JournalRegional Science Policy and Practice
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • accessibility
  • high-speed bus
  • high-speed rail
  • inter-city public transport
  • public-transport

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