Fall 2019

[Schedule: T, TH 2:00-5:00pm]

International experience from Europe and Asia has demonstrated the strategic importance of investing in high-speed rail (HSR) to achieve broad regional or national policy goals. The United States has never given up HSR despite many years’ unsuccessful attempts at introducing HSR services into the market. There are currently two high-speed rail (HSR) lines proposed for the Texas Triangle: The eastern HSR line being developed by a private company, Texas Central, connects Dallas to Houston in a length of 234 miles. The western line is a portion of the Texas-DOT/Oklahoma-DOT jointly proposed rail corridor, which runs 850 miles from Edmond/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Brownsville at the Texas-Mexico border. The central section of the line connects Dallas-Ft. Worth to San Antonio through Austin in a length of 247 miles.
Are the Texas Triangle communities ready for the arrival of HSR? In fall 2019, the transportation practicum will focus on integrated land use-transportation planning for HSR station areas in the Triangle megaregion. Three main topics to be explored are (may change slightly per student interest): 1) Alternatives for HSR station siting; 2) HSR-based transit-oriented development (TOD) planning and design; and 3) Broad socioeconomic and environmental implications of HSR for the Triangle communities.
The School of Architecture at UT Austin is the lead institution of the USDOT granted Tier 1 University Transportation Center, Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregion (CM2). Our CM2 partners include Louisiana State University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Pennsylvania (For further information on CM2 please visit the center website at https://sites.utexas.edu/cm2.) The practicum course is sponsored by CM2 and aims to fulfill the CM2 objective on educating the next generation planners in transportation and related fields. During the semester we will interact with TxDOT, Texas Central, MPOs in the Triangle, and selected local communities where HSR stations are located.