No Reliable HSR Business Plan
Jul 02, 2012
I've read the various iterations of the HSR business plan, and here's what bothers me. I don't see a straightforward assessment of the potential market (how many current and projected future trips between LA and SF by car, bus, rail and plane) and then a simple statement of how many of those trips the HSR is expected to capture. I'd also expect to see what share of the market HSR captured in other countries as it was built. So I have no way of assessing whether the projected number of break-even trips is in any way realistic.
The failure to put forward such basic analysis, which is the starting point of any actual business plan, makes me very, very suspicious.
Admittedly, I haven't spent hours with the plans, so if anyone can point me to the data, I'd appreciate it.
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