Safety and Reliability

in Hayashi, Yoshitsugu and Seetha Ram, KE and Bharule, Shreyas, Handbook on High-Speed Rail and Quality of Life (March 28, 2020). Handbook on High-Speed Rail and Quality of Life, March 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3637158

14 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2021

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Y Kumamoto

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nikhil Bugalia

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras; University of Tokyo, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Students

KE Seetha Ram

University of Tokyo; Asian Development Bank Institute; National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Date Written: March 29, 2020

Abstract

The East Japan Railway Company (JR East) is instrumental in providing efficient transportation services in the eastern part of Japan. When it comes to high-speed rail (HSR, or Shinkansen in Japanese), JR East operates a network spanning about 1,470 kilometers. At the maximum commercial speed of 320 kilometers per hour, the network’s 337–428 daily operating trains serve approximately 290,400 passengers per day. At peak times, Tokyo Station could be serving 15 trains per hour. Even after such a high-capacity utilization of the infrastructure, the average delay per train in the past 15 years has been about 36 seconds, with zero passenger fatalities or injuries. This chapter summarizes the practices of JR East for achieving the high standards of safety and reliability commonly associated with Japanese HSR.

Keywords: Safety, High-Speed Rail, Japan, System

Suggested Citation

Kumamoto, Yoshihiro and Bugalia, Nikhil and Bugalia, Nikhil and Seetha Ram, KE, Safety and Reliability (March 29, 2020). in Hayashi, Yoshitsugu and Seetha Ram, KE and Bharule, Shreyas, Handbook on High-Speed Rail and Quality of Life (March 28, 2020). Handbook on High-Speed Rail and Quality of Life, March 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3637158, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3814820

Yoshihiro Kumamoto

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nikhil Bugalia (Contact Author)

University of Tokyo, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Students ( email )

Tokyo
Japan

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras ( email )

METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING
CHENNAI, Tamil Nadu 600036
India

KE Seetha Ram

University of Tokyo ( email )

Yayoi 1-1-1
Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8657
Japan

Asian Development Bank Institute ( email )

Kasumigaseki Building 8F
3-2-5, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, 100-6008
Japan

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy ( email )

Singapore 117591
Singapore

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