National University System Institute for Policy Research

Economic Impact for San Diego County of California High Speed Rail (September 2008)
In November 2008 Californian voters will be asked to decide upon a $9.5 billion bond measure that would begin the implementation of an ambitious 800-mile high speed train network that will link the state's major population centers. In a report on the impact of the system on San Diego County, the San Diego Institute for Policy Research reviewed previous economic analysis of this project, verifying the underlying assumptions, bringing current the forecasted benefit, and disaggregating the state and Southern California region to focus on just San Diego County. The bottom line is that the construction of a High Speed Train system in California is likely to result in significantly higher growth than the alternatives – the construction of currently programmed and highway and airport improvements or a crash infrastructure building program that would cost more than $80 billion. Continue reading »