JITI Urban Transportation Seminar: Increasing Public Transit Ridership [February 6, 2013]

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Seminar 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Reception 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

The St. Regis Washington, D.C.
923 16th and K Streets, N.W., Washington, DC 20006


Urban transportation systems, such as heavy rail, light rail, and buses, play an important role in the movement of people to and from work, shopping, and leisure. Subsequent to the economic downturn of 2008 and increased gasoline prices, people rely on transit more than ever and in significantly increased numbers. However, some might say that it is uncertain whether this trend will continue if fuel prices decrease.

In light of these factors, how do urban transportation systems secure ridership at current levels? How can they attract more riders? The speakers will look at best practices for improving customer satisfaction and discuss sustainable development of urban transportation.


-Makoto Washizu
President, JITI


- Arther L. Guzzetti
Vice President - Policy, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)


- Shyam Kannan
Managing Director of Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)


- Tom Biesiadny
Director, Fairfax County Department of Transportation


- Toshikazu Saito
Senior Managing Director, Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.


- Fumiaki Shiroishi
Executive Officer & Deputy Senior Executive General Manager of Railway Business Unit, Tokyu Corporation



- Joshua Schank (Moderator)
President & CEO, Eno Center for Transportation


- Keynote Speakers