Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Call for paper for the special issue: HIGH SPEED RAIL INVESTMENTS AND EQUITY ISSUES
• 大类 : 工程技术 - 3区
• 小类 : 运输科技 - 3区
Social equity is a concept that has become relevant in transport policy in recent years. In countries, such as UK, significant contributions have been made, recognizing the important role of transport and social equity, particularly in the context of participation and quality of life. However, little has been done on the relationship between long-distance rail transport, such as High Speed Rail (HSR) and social equity. Considering that many countries are now investing in these systems, this special issue aims at filling this gap. Indeed, with the introduction of HSR, other transport alternatives, like intercity trains and buses, have tended to be less available and therefore, the “socially excluded" users have had limited choices. This phenomenon has increased "social injustice".
Many impacts of High Speed Rail systems have been examined in the current international literature. However, little attention has been paid to the question of social equity in relation with HSR systems. This special issue aims at filling this gap and explores related issues and policy implications. Specifically, the socioeconomic profile of HSR users should be considered in order to analyse the question. Moreover the factors excluding non-HSR users from choosing this alternative transport mode should be taken into account. In order to better deal with this, possible alternative modeling approaches to the relationship between HSR and social equity deserve investigation.
However, other important aspects to be faced are those relating to the HSR pricing policies preventing non-HSR users from choosing this transport mode as well the investigation of destinations which are not served by HSR. Indeed the latter can be excluded from a possible development of tourism and other growth factors.
Case studies belonging to different countries are welcomed in order to make a comparison. Surveys and methodologies supporting this investigation should be presented by authors also with the objective of providing a contribution to investors in these systems.
Consequently, the driving questions for this special issue are formulated below:
What is the current state of research dealing with the relationship between social exclusion and HSR? What can be done in order to better investigate this phenomenon?
Is HSR a priori excluding some socioeconomic categories (such as low-income people, immigrants, women, etc.)?
Before investing large amounts of money in a new HSR infrastructure, decision-makers should wonder: who will be the users of this new service?
How Stakeholders Engagement can make these systems more inclusive?
Submissions of scientific results from experts in academia and industry are strongly encouraged. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following themes:
Analysis of the concept of social equity in HSR systems
Analysis of the socioeconomic profile of HSR users
Factors excluding non-HSR users from choosing HSR as an alternative transport mode
Modelling the relationship between HSR and social equity
HSR pricing policies preventing non-HSR users from choosing this transport mode
Are destinations not served by HSR excluded from a possible development of tourism and other growth factors?
Can the introduction of more than one railway company competing on the same HSR network (such as Trenitalia and NTV in Italy) solve the question of social equity?
Policies to make HSR available to all socioeconomic users (e.g. new investments in low-cost HSR systems, such as Ouigo)