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Cambridge Systematics Stands Behind California High-Speed Rail Model (July 1, 2010)

Cambridge Systematics, Inc. (CS) stands firmly behind the ridership and revenue model our experts have created for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the California High-Speed Rail Authority. We provided detailed, credible responses to multiple inquiries from Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) regarding our approach, assumptions, conclusions, and the guidance provided to us by an independent peer review panel of international modeling experts. Except for ITS’ acknowledgment that our team "followed generally accepted professional standards," we emphatically disagree with the authors’ conclusions that the ridership and revenue model is not reliable. We are proud of the work that was done and we look forward to discussing the ITS Report with the Authority Board on July 8.

Since its founding in 1972, CS has been at the forefront of professional practice for developing, validating and applying travel demand models for use at the local, regional, state, and national levels. CS maintains the largest travel demand modeling practice in the country, and has pioneered many of the most significant advances in the travel demand modeling profession. We combine academic expertise with a pragmatic approach to model development and application to support the decision making process for transportation investments. Our experts have developed travel demand models for more than 50 clients in the U.S. and internationally, and they serve in leadership roles with the top research groups in the profession.

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