Special Issue "High-Speed Rail, Equity, and Inclusion"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francesca Pagliara
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Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Corso Umberto I, 40, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
Interests: urban planning; mobility; transportation planning; traffic engineering; transport management
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Prof. Dr. Yoshitsugu Hayashi
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Chubu Institute for Advanced Studies, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto-Cho, Kasugai-City, Aichi 487-8501, Japan
Interests: individual’s QOL; aggregated GNH based project evaluation method; sustainable land use; transport planning; real, cyber integrated transport design
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Prof. Dr. K.E. Seetha Ram
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The Center for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-8654, Japan
Interests: transport; water; sanitation; urban and regional planning; sustainable development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Equity and inclusion are important issues for a sustainable society, so we should promote transport infrastructures that are inclusive.

The socioeconomic impacts of high-speed rail (HSR) systems are important considerations for policymakers when planning new lines, assessing their feasibility, and identifying financing sources for sustainable mobility. However, little attention is paid to their effects on equity, outside of studies of facility and service access and economics. A greater focus on HSR and equity issues by governments could help to advance solutions that reduce the negative effects of new projects in favor of more inclusive development.

ADBI is seeking high-quality original, unpublished research papers featuring qualitative and quantitative analyses, case studies, and policy insights on the impacts of HSR on equity, to be presented at a related conference. Papers focused on Asia and the Pacific and country-level research are welcomed, particularly those from experts in academia, industry, and the public sector that can help to promote more-informed HSR policy and investment decisions. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • HSR systems and equity for sustainability;
  • The socioeconomic profiles of HSR users;
  • Factors deterring non-HSR users from choosing HSR as an alternative transport mode;
  • Policies and governance for making HSR more safe, inclusive and sustainable;
  • Mechanisms and investments for affordable HSR systems;
  • HSR growth’s effects on wellbeing, tourism and economic development;
  • Other related topics.

Prof. Dr. Francesca Pagliara
Prof. Dr. Yoshitsugu Hayashi
Prof. Dr. K.E. Seetha Ram
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • high-speed rail systems
  • transport infrastructures
  • investment
  • equity
  • sustainability

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Consumer’s Surplus: An Equity Measure of High Speed Rail Investments
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4537; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084537 - 19 Apr 2021
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An economic analysis identifies, measures, and compares the costs and benefits of alternative interventions, with the objective of supporting decisions concerning the best use of limited resources. The cost benefit analysis (CBA) has played a significant role within the entire decision-making process, and [...] Read more.
An economic analysis identifies, measures, and compares the costs and benefits of alternative interventions, with the objective of supporting decisions concerning the best use of limited resources. The cost benefit analysis (CBA) has played a significant role within the entire decision-making process, and is the principal assessment methodology. In recent years, equity issues in relation to transportation planning have become a hot topic at an international level. In this paper, the objective was to integrate equity within the evaluation of transport projects, specifically high speed rail projects. Here, consumer surplus is conceived as a monetized measure of both direct and indirect benefits for all zones, and for all socioeconomic categories served and not served by HSR, respectively. The added value of this paper is in rethinking these two shares in the computation of the total net present value as equity measures of the project itself. Specifically, the distribution of the HSR benefits among the different groups or zones in a given study area can be computed, and a comparison of the values for each zone of the study area and for each category makes it possible to assess the effects of equity between zones/categories. Full article
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