High-Speed Rail Development: Impacts, Benefits and Opportunities

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High-Speed Rail Development: Impacts, Benefits and Opportunities


33 minutes

About the Course

The development of the high-speed rail (HSR) network improves regional connectivity among cities, stimulating investment and broadening the geographical reach of the workforce.

This course focuses on the impacts and opportunities associated with investing in high-speed rail (HSR) systems.

Allocating public funds towards the construction of HSR lines yields numerous benefits, and some of them will be covered in this course.

It consists of 4 units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction (14 minutes)

  • Unit 2: The Impact of High-Speed Rail (HSR) on Tourists’ Destination Choice  (8 minutes)

  • Unit 3: The Impact of High-Speed Rail (HSR) on Temporary Office Space Locations (6 minutes)

  • Unit 4: The Impact of High-Speed Rail (HSR) on the Property Market (5 minutes)

Learning Objectives

  • Better knowledge about HSR systems.
  • Better understanding of the socioeconomic impacts of HSR systems.
  • Enhance investors’ ability to make informed decisions regarding investments in HSR systems

How to Complete this e-Course

  • Watch 4 short video lessons
  • Review open access reading materials
  • Successfully pass quiz with a score of 8/10 or higher
  • Answer feedback questions
  • Certificate with unique ID will be issued upon completion of course requirements


Francesca Pagliara, Associate Professor in Transport Engineering​, Department of Civil, Architectural and
Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II


Nghia Nguyen, Capacity Building and Training Associate, Asian Development Bank (ADBI)

Lilian Tan, E-Learning Consultant, Asian Development Bank Institute

Email: [email protected]

Reading list

  1. Martinez, F., F., Pagliara and A., Tramontano 2013. Hedonic Value of Accessibility on Residential Properties: Random Bidding Foundation and Application to New Rail Track. Ingegneria Ferroviaria 68(12):1047-1061.
  2. Pagliara, F. 2014. High Speed Rail Systems: Impacts on Mobility, on Tourism and on Mobile Workers. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. 
  3. Pagliara, F., Delaplace, M. and Vassallo, J. M. (2015): High-Speed Rail Systems and Tourists' Destination Choice: The Case Studies of Paris and Madrid, International Journal of Sustainable Development & Planning 3: 395-405.
  4. Pagliara, F., M., Delaplace, M. and R., Cavuoto 2016. Mixed High-Speed, Conventional and Metro Central Rail Stations as Places to Work. Pagliara, F. and L. Biggiero 2017. Some Evidence on the Relationship between Social Exclusion and High-Speed Rail System. HKIE Transactions 24 (1): 17-23.
  5. Pagliara, F. and F. Mauriello 2020. Modelling the impact of High-Speed Rail on Tourists with Geographically Weighted Poisson Regression. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 132: 780-790.
  6. Wetwitoo, J. and H. Kato 2017. High-Speed Rail and Regional Economic Productivity through Agglomeration and Network Externality: A Case Study of Inter-Regional Transportation in Japan. Case Studies on Transport Policy 5: 549-559
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