JITI 2015 Railway Workshop
Challenges for Railroad Improvements and Projecting New Lines

March 23rd, 2015

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Choate Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.

The American economy will suffer without updates to the Northeast Corridor. The surrounding region currently generates 20 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

But how do we go about updating the nation's busiest rail corridor? Federal planners are working on a strategy for investing in the Northeast Corridor through 2040, and alternatives range from simple service improvements to a new high-speed corridor between Washington and Boston.

JITI invited speakers to discuss the technical challenges in the Northeast Corridor improvement initiative, and how the United States can learn from rail development projects in Japan. The event will also showcase innovative rail models, including Japan's new Shinkansen trains.


Opening Remarks:


  • Taro Kobayashi

    • Senior Representative, JITI USA

Keynote Speeches


  • Yasutake Kojima

    • Director of Administration and Treasurer
      East Japan Railway Company

  • Drew Galloway

    • Assistant Vice President, Policy & Development 

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