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Evaluation of the usefulness and relevance criteria for high-speed railway route construction projects: case study of Czechia

Milan Viturka1ID, Vilém Pařil2ID, Martin Farbiak3ID

1Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Department of Regional Economics, Brno, Czechia
2Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Institute for Transport Economics, Geography and Policy, Department of Economics, Brno, Czechia
3Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko, a. s., Zvolen, Slovakia

Received February 2022
Accepted July 2022

The main goal of this article is to assess the effectiveness of the high-speed railway routes construction programme in Czechia according to the criteria of usefulness (with primary links to potential revenues) and relevance (with primary links to potential costs) as integral parts of applying the original methodology of multi-criteria evaluation of public projects within transport infrastructure. The first set of performed analyses focused on observing the development of relevant traffic flows. They were outlined based on data from the movement of mobile phone users and verified through surveys of passenger preferences and other indicators. The second set of analyses was based on an evaluation of relevant external (natural and social conditions) and internal (technical and operational conditions) factors. The practical benefit of these analyses is an evaluation of the position of the planned four routes in terms of the examined criteria. They represent an important basis for setting priorities as a strategic component of managing an investment programme.


The paper was prepared under the grant of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Czech Republic (Operational Programme Research, Development and Education) “New Mobility – High-Speed Transport Systems and Transport Behaviour of the Population”, MUNI 1312/2017, id CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_026/000843.


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