The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Guidance Manual for High-Speed Ground Transportation Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment (2005) was prepared by HMMH as part of the Parsons Transportation Group (PTG) Northeast Corridor High-Speed Rail Program. The manual specifies analysis procedures and impact criteria for noise and vibration assessments of high-speed ground transportation (HSGT) projects, including steel wheel/steel rail systems and maglev systems. HMMH recently completed an update to the guidance manual (2012). The update presents procedures for predicting and assessing noise and vibration impacts of high-speed ground transportation projects. Projects involving high-speed trains using traditional steel-wheel on steel-rail technology as well as magnetically levitated (maglev) systems are included and a range of mitigation measures are described for dealing with adverse noise and vibration impacts.
The manual serves planners of high-speed ground transportation projects and aids public agency reviewers to determine where and to what extent the public benefits of HSGT justify investment in impact mitigation. The final manual is complete and available for use by planners of HSGT projects nationwide. You can view the manual on the FRA web site.