Environmental Changes Surrounding Urban Railroads in the U.S. and Strategies for Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Colloquium
  • Railways and Railway and Area Development

The 150th Transport Policy Colloquium -Washington Report XIV (Online)
※Language : Japanese

Supported by 日本財団 THE NIPPON FOUNDATION

Date / Time Thu, Apr 14,2022 10:00~12:00
Event Number The 150th
Theme Lecturer: OKABE Akito
Research Fellow, Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA)

commentator: KATO Hironori
Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

<Discussion>
Coordinator:YAMAUCHI Hirotaka 
 President for Research, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)
Lecturer Lecturer: OKABE Akito
Research Fellow, Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA)

commentator: KATO Hironori
Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

<Discussion>
Coordinator:YAMAUCHI Hirotaka 
 President for Research, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)

Event Summary

Passenger transportation in the U.S. is heavily dependent on road transportation, but railroads are expected to be the means of transportation for both environmental measures and economically vulnerable groups, including minorities. However, the business environment of railroads remains challenging due to a gradual decline in the number of users caused by the pandemic and the deterioration of government finances. Developing strategies for urban rail to recover from the pandemic is a key issue among U.S. transportation stakeholders.  In this colloquium, Akito Okabe, researcher at JITTI USA, will give a presentation on the topic of changes in the business environment surrounding U.S. urban railroads and pandemic recovery strategies in the U.S. urban rail industry with specific examples of efforts by operators and others. He will also report on the implications which the U.S. side received from the strategies introduced by Japan's major railroad operators, based on interviews with U.S. railroad officials who participated in the U.S.-Japan Rail Online Conference co-hosted by JTTRI and APTA last December 9. Finally, Professor Kato of the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo, an expert in transportation planning and policy and international project studies, will be invited as a commentator to discuss the implications for Japan that can be drawn from the U.S. side's strategy.

Program of the seminar is as the following

Opening Remarks
SHUKURI Masafumi<br> Chairman, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)

SHUKURI Masafumi
 Chairman, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)

Lecturer
OKABE Akito<br> Research Fellow, Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA)

OKABE Akito
Research Fellow, Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA (JITTI USA)

commentator
KATO Hironori<br> Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

KATO Hironori
Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Discussion

<Coordinator>
YAMAUCHI Hirotaka
President for Research, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)
Closing Remarks
OKUDA Tetsuya<br> President for International affairs, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)<br> President, Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA(JITTI)<br> President, ASEAN-India Regional Office(AIRO)

OKUDA Tetsuya
 President for International affairs, Japan Transport and Tourism Research Institute (JTTRI)
 President, Japan International Transport and Tourism Institute, USA(JITTI)
 President, ASEAN-India Regional Office(AIRO)