JITI Railway Workshop and Luncheon 2016: Initiatives Targeting On-Time Departures for Metro Areas

Friday, January 29th, 2016

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM (luncheon at 12:30)

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.

2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007


One of the more important aspects in creating a trusted and useful public rail transportation system is the punctuality and reliability of the system. On-schedule departures and arrivals are a universal theme from an operations control perspective, and both the U.S. and Japan deal with this aspect of their rail systems on a daily basis.

Japan’s population is highly concentrated in its city centers and, despite the massive influx of people during rush hours, still manages to run trains on a highly compact schedule due to their operations systems. Many lines are even able to operate at a speed of one train per minute during the heaviest parts of the commuter rush.

In the U.S., automobiles are still the dominant mode of transportation. However, the demand for a reliable and safe public transportation system is increasing, especially as the city centers expand and the need for the metro grows. Many entrepreneurs have been creating different technology to accommodate the railway service conditions, including trying to keep passengers updated on delays or problems as they occur by using smartphone apps or station displays.

For this workshop, JITI has invited representatives from Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd to discuss the various initiatives and methods they use to create an on-time and reliable metro service, as well as representatives from the MTA New York City Transit to hear about new initiatives to create a more punctual schedule for their train systems. In the workshop, they will discuss how to make safer, on time, and more trusted operations of rails a reality, aided by the use of real examples such as methods and procedures for restoring rail service after unforeseen events or delays.


Makoto Washizu
Japan International Transport Institute, USA


Wynton Habersham
Acting Senior Vice President
Department of Subways, MTA New York City Transit


Yoshinobu Takatori
Managing Director
Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.