Authors: I Abdalla Published: 21 Nov 2016


The subject of “High Speed” is gaining a lot of importance in the recent past. In addition to Europe and Japan, several Asian countries including China have started high-speed operation (Jaiswal, 2008). However, India being unique among the major countries of the world that do not has a single high-speed rail corridor capable of running trains at speeds of over 250 kmph. Currently, Government of India has taken up a charge to develop High-Speed and Semi-High Speed Rail in India by 2020. Many key projects are pursued like Diamond Quadrilateral (connecting metros cities), increasing speed on 9 major corridors and inducing High-speed rails on the shorter routes. It is a fact that construction of High-Speed Rail has huge financial implications for the Indian economy but these trains envisage the journey time reduction by 30 to 35%. Already a lot of research have been undertaken to develop the investment model for such projects to make it a success but one of the major factors is an accurate estimation of ridership which plays a crucial role. The present study is an attempt made in that direction to estimate the ridership for High-Speed rail particularly on the Delhi-Mumbai Corridor using the stated preference survey. This study has been made using the mode choice model which helps the Transport Planners in understanding the present and future travel behaviour of people. It also helps in identifying significant parameters which play a vital role in the decision-making process while choosing any particular mode among different options namely existing trains, flights and proposed high-speed trains between the same origin and destination.
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