A strategic planning model for the passenger rail implementation process: The case of Mexico

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Journal Article

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place - south america, mode - rail, land use - planning


High speed rail, Intercity rail, Model, Transport infrastructure


The development and growth of modern regions is based on the construction of infrastructure, where strategic planning plays a key role. Basically, a plan should be aligned with neighborhood regions in order to enhance their inhabitants’ quality of life. Transportation is in the core of infrastructure efforts, because it represents a complex system with relationships between different actors, both internally and externally. In this piece of research, a comprehensive model for the implementation of an intercity train in the Mexican context is proposed. Covering a wide variety of phases, from the design activities through to the operation stages, non-prescriptive guidance is provided to lead the construction of passenger railway infrastructure projects. Unlike similar models developed in the European or North American settings, the one presented here considers the conditions and characteristics of the Latin-American countries, making it relevant for nations in the region. After analyzing its potential benefits, the optimization of resources can be expected as a result of its practical implementation.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.


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