In high-speed railway environment, frequent handovers and high handover failure probabilityresult in serious communication interruptions and call drops, which become pressing problem to be solved. Alternative reference point based handover scheme can be an applicative solution for high-speed rail. This paper analyzes the impact of handover location on the handover performance. And numerical analysis is utilized to give a method to determine the distance from the serving eNodeB and the adjacent one to the mobile terminal when handover is triggered. Handover failure probability is used as criteria for performance. Simulation results show that the proposed scheme has a better performance than typical event based scheme in high speed environment. © 2016 Universitas Ahmad Dahlan.