Integrated Approach to Transportation

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U.S.-Japan Cooperation on an Integrated Approach to Reducing Emissions from Passenger Vehicles

Between 2010 and 2013, the Mansfield Foundation collaborated with the Intelligent Transportation Society of America to host  a series of seven workshops, in the United States and Japan on bilateral cooperation on advancing transportation technology and policy. The workshops were specifically aimed at facilitating U.S.-Japan cooperation on reducing emissions from passenger vehicles through integrating a broad range of technical and policy approaches. The workshop series was made possible largely by the generous support of Toyota Motor North America.

On April 1st, 2014, the Foundation published a set of conclusions and policy guidelines that resulted from the program’s final workshop in Sendai Japan, but that reflected the broader body of work since the program’s inception in April 2010.  The publication, U.S.-Japan Cooperation on an Integrated Approach to Transportation Technology & Policy: Measuring the Environmental, Economic, and Public Safety Benefits, is available in PDF form by clicking on the report cover below.

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List of Meetings (Reverse Chronological Order)

Meeting 7: Making the Case for the Integrated Approach in the Language of Today’s Policy Priorities

Location:  Sendai, Japan
Date: October 10-11, 2013
Site Visit: Sendai Airport; Natori City Disaster Reconstruction Area
Participants: 16 group members representing the Contra Costa County (CA) Transportation Authority; Florida Department of Transportation; Intelligent Transportation Societies of America; ITS Japan; i-transport Lab; Japanese national government; Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; Raborn Consulting; Tohoku, Tsukuba and Waseda Universities; Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor North America; TRANSCOM, New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Region

Key themes:

  1. Cross-applicable lessons for transportation technology and policy from Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the 2012 Hurricane Sandy in the U.S.
  2.  Harmonizing Japanese and American carbon abatement quantification models
  3.  Making the case for the integrated approach in the language of contemporary policy priorities

Meeting 6: U.S.-Japan Cooperation on Market Mechanisms for Promoting an Integrated Approach and Enabling Technologies

Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: October 16-17, 2012
Site Visits: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC); Smart Transportation Application and Research (STAR) Lab; Boeing Everett factory
Participants: 17 group members representing the American and Japanese national governments; Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum; Cisco Systems; IBM; ITS America; Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor North America; Waseda University and Universities of Maryland and Washington; and the State of Washington

Key theme:

  1. The issues and challenges faced by the public and private sector in implementing and bringing to market integrated approaches to transportation and enabling technologies

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Meeting 5: Lessons Learned in the U.S. and Japan: Integrated Approach to Transportation and Emergency Evacuation
Location: Houston, Texas
Date: March 26-27, 2012
Site Visit: Houston Tran Star operations center
Host: Houston Tran Star
Participants: 17 group members representing the American and Japanese national governments; Contra Costa County (CA) Transportation Authority; Ford Motor Company; Harris County (TX) Metropolitan Transit Authority; ITS America; ITS Japan; Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; Toyota Motor North America; TRANSCOM, New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Region; and Tsukuba and Duke Universities

Key themes:

  1. The role of transportation technology and policy and cross-applicable lessons from Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami; recent American experiences with Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike
  2.  Technologies that can facilitate effective traffic and infrastructure management in the event of an emergency

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Meeting 4: ITS World Congress Panel

Location: Orlando, Florida ITS World Congress
Date: October 18, 2011
Panelists: L. Gordon Flake, Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (Moderator)
Masayuki Kawamoto, Toyota Motor Corporation
Jean Charles Pandazis, Head of Eco-Mobility Sector, ERTICO
Susan Shaheen, Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. U.C. Berkeley
Michael Sivak, Director, Sustainable Worldwide Transportation, UMTRI
Description:
As a follow-on to the Ann Arbor Eco-Driving Workshop, the Mansfield Foundation hosted a panel at the 2012 ITS World Congress. Basing discussion on the obstacles and catalysts identified by the Ann Arbor workshop’s American and Japanese participants, this panel considered how these observations can be applied to a broader international agenda for promoting eco-driving globally.

Meeting 3: Cooperative Approach towards Technology, Policy, and Research on Reducing Emissions through Eco-Driving
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: June 20 – 21, 2011
Site Visit: Toyota Technical Center Green Wave Demonstration
Host: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Participants: 21 group members representing the American and Japanese national governments; Cisco Systems; Ford Motor Company; General Motors; Intelligent Transportation Societies of America; ITS Japan; Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; State of Michigan; Tokyo city government; Toyota Motor North America; Toyota Research Institute North America; UMTRI; and the University of California, Berkeley and Riverside

Key theme:

  1. Obstacles and catalysts to near-term implementation of eco-driving

Output:
Summary of eco-driving’s primary obstacles and most promising catalysts [provide link as currently exists on website under the text “a list that highlights eco-driving’s primary obstacles and most promising catalysts”]

Meeting 2: October 2010 Japan Seminar and Site Visit
Location: Tokyo & Toyota City, Japan
Date: October 20 – 22, 2010
Site Visit: Toyota City ITS infrastructure
Participants: 17 group members representing the American and Japanese national governments; Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.; Booze Allen Hamilton; Cisco Systems; ITS America; ITS Japan; Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; Toyota Motor North America; Transcore Holdings, Inc.; Tsukuba and Nagoya Universities; and Willow LLC

Key themes:

  1. How policy affects the expansion of Green Urban Design
  2. Development of effective ways to demonstrate the benefits of advanced, integrated approaches to transportation
  3. Strategies for overcoming barriers to implementation of forward-looking transportation policy and technologies

Meeting 1: Improving Efficiency and Reducing Emissions from Passenger Vehicles
Location: Washington D.C.
Date: April 26, 2010
Participants: 25 group members representing AASHTO and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO); the American and Japanese national governments; the Bipartisan Policy Center; Institute for Transportation and Development Policy; ITS America; Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; McKinsey & Company; Regional Plan Association; Toyota Motor Corporation; University of Southern California and Tsukuba, Nagoya, and Duke Universities; and the U.S. Congress

Key themes:

  1. Measurement of the potential impact of advanced, integrated approaches to transportation
  2. Fiscal realities in Japan and the U.S. constraining funding for new transportation measures
  3. Strategies to educate the public on the benefits of advanced, integrated approaches to transportation

 

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