1st International workshop on high-speed rail socioeconomic impacts

14 - 15 September 2021

Within the context of the UIC Alliance of Universities, Prof. Francesca Pagliara, member of the Alliance and Professor at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II, has promoted the 1st International Workshop on High-Speed Rail Socioeconomic Impacts. The aim of the workshop is to explore recent research on the analysis and quantification of the effects, both on the economy and on society, of investments in HSR systems.

The workshop opens with a Session where invited experts from Italy, both academics and operators of Ferrovie dello Stato, from UIC, from the Asian Development Bank Institute and from the California High-Speed Rail in the United States will provide their experience in this sector. The Vice-President of the UIC Alliance of Universities will be present as well.

A keynote will be given by Mr Marc Guigon, UIC Passenger Director, entitled “High-Speed Rail in the context of the new normal”.

The programme is divided into five sessions. In Session 1, a review of HSR socioeconomic impacts is provided. Session 2 deals with HSR appraisal methods and pricing policies. Session 3 deals with HSR impacts on productivity and tourism. Session 4 concerns HSR and Technologies and finally Session 5 presents the effects of HSR on Land use and on equity issues.

The workshop will be held online due to the ongoing uncertainty relating to the pandemic.


14 September

13:00-14:00 CET - Workshop opening remarks

  • Moderator Prof. Francesca Pagliara (Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering – University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
  • Prof. Francesco Pirozzi (Head of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering – University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
  • Prof. Gennaro Nicola Bifulco (Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering – University of Naples Federico II and Chairman of the Italian Society of Transport Academics (SIDT), Italy)
  • Dr Mario Tartaglia (Head of Strategic Research, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Italy)
  • Mr Michel Leboeuf (Honorary Chairman of the Intercity & High-Speed Committee, UIC)
  • Mr Philippe Lorand (Senior Advisor High-Speed Rail, UIC)
  • Prof. Anson Jack (Vice-President of the UIC Alliance of Universities, University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Mr Seetha Ram KE (Senior Consulting Specialist, Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan)
  • Ms Melissa Figueroa (Chief of Communications for California High-Speed Rail in the United States)

14:00-14:45 CET - Keynote: “High-Speed Rail in the context of the new normal”
Mr Marc Guigon (UIC Passenger Director)

14.45-15.00 CET - Break

15:00-16:20 CET - Session 1 - HSR: a review of its socioeconomic impacts
Chairman Dr. Chen, C.L. (University of Liverpool, UK)

15:00-15:20 - Research on Passengers’ Preference for High-Speed Railway and High-Speed Train
Wu, D. and J. C. Martín (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)
15:20-15:40 - Understanding the Literature of Socioeconomic Impact of High-Speed Rail: A Bibliometric Analysis
Chen, Z. (The Ohio State University, Columbus OH, USA)
15:40-16:00 - Socioeconomic implications of High-Speed Railways: Are evaluation approaches and practice aligned?
F. Bruzzone, F. Cavallaro, and S. Nocera (IUAV University of Venice, Italy; Polytechnic of Turin, Italy)
16:00-16:20 - Understanding the socio-economic impacts of high-speed rail high mobility through motility: A case study of inter-city commuters between Suzhou and Shanghai in China
Chen, C.L., Lin, S., Yu, X., Chung, H.C. and R. Vickerman (University of Liverpool, UK; University of Leeds, UK; Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China; University of Kent, UK)

16:20-16:30 CET - Break

16:30-18:10 CET - Session 2 - HSR: appraisal and pricing
Chairman Prof. J.M. Vassallo (Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain)

16:30-16:50 - Assessing social and spatial impacts of High-Speed Rail through a participatory approach: The case of San Sebastian, Spain
J. Tarriño, J. Soria-Lara, and J.M. Vassallo (Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain)
16:50-17:10 - Success factors in Public-Private Partnership of High-Speed railway infrastructures: Elements for improvement
M. González-Medrano, and J. M. Rotellar-García (University Camilo José Cela, Spain; University Francisco de Vitoria, Spain)
17:10-17:30 - Marrying Cost-Benefit Analysis with Building Information Modeling: the case study of Napoli-Bari High-Speed Rail
S. Biancardo, I. Henke, M. Gesualdi, D. Savastano, and F. Pagliara (University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
17:30-17:50 - Approach to HSR pricing models based on state socio-economic strategies
S.A. Smirnov and O. Y. Smirnova (Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University, Russia)
17:50-18:10 - Does Pricing Affect Demands?: A Conjoint Analysis of HSR in India
S. Narayanaswami (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India)

15 September

9:30-11:30 CET - Session 3 - HSR: Impacts on productivity and tourism
Chairman Prof. I. Mariotti (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy)

9:30 – 9:50 - High-speed rail and productivity returns: a quasi-experimental evaluation of the Milan-Bologna corridor
D. Di Matteo, I. Mariotti and F. Rossi (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy)
9:50-10:10 - Spatial Distribution and Evolution Characteristics of Accommodation Industry in High-speed Railway Station Area - Evidence from China
Niu, B., Yin, Y., Peng, Y. and Shen, S. (Beijing Jiaotong University, China)
10:10-10:30 - How does tourist choose destination under the era of HSR? Chinese evidence derived from Italy’s modelling experience
Shen, P., Yin, P., Zhang, T., Niua, B. and Penga, Y. (Beijing Jiaotong University, China)
10:30-10:50 - Big Data in Transport: Good Servant, Bad Lord
V. Paril, M. Jandová, M. Šauer, T. Paleta and M. Farbiak (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
10:50-11:10 - Supply and Demand Dynamics of High-Speed Rail Systems in China: A Perspective of Tourists
T. Zhu, J. Zhang, Y. Xu, W. Hui, and J. Han (Hiroshima University, Japan)
11:10-11:30 - High-Speed Railway and Economic Activity in Turkey
O. Karadag Albayrak, S. Topuz, B. Çelik, and A. Caniyilmaz (Kafkas University, Kars, Turkey; Isparta University of Applied Sciences, Turkey)

11:30-11:45 CET - Break

11:45-12:45 CET - Session 4 - HSR and Technologies
Chairman Prof. C. Ribalaygua Batalla (University of Cantabria, Spain)

11:45 -12:05 - Impact assessment method to forecast high speed railway’s punctuality due to technology evolution
F. Kurt, S. Hainz, F. Brinkmann, and M. Meyer zu Hörste (German Aerospace Center, Germany)
12:05-12:25 - A Comparative Assessment of Intercity HSGT Systems
H. Almujibah and J. Preston (Taif University, Saudi Arabia; University of Southampton, UK)
12:25-12:45 - Concepts of creating the High-Speed Rail System in Poland in the context of the European HSR Network
A. Pomykała, and J. Engelhardt (Railway Research Institute, Poland; University of Szczecin, Poland)

12:45-14:00 CET - Break

14:00-16:00 CET - Session 5 - HSR: land use and equity issues
Chairman Dr B. Scott (Beverly Scott and Associates, USA)

14:00-14:20 - Sustainable high-speed rail development in India through analysing nexus of socio-economic-environmental aspects
D. Joshi , S. Saini and V. Joshi (Ministry of Railways, India)
14:20-14:40 - High-speed rail influence on the decentralisation of events from big metropolitan areas to smaller intermediate cities
I. Henke, A. Moyano and F. Pagliara (University of Naples Federico II, Italy; University of Ciudad-Real, Spain)
14:40-15:00 - Are HSR station areas contributing to equal urban quality? The impact of Spanish HSR stations on urban quality and equity
C. Ribalaygua, J. M. Ureña, F. García and J. M. Coronado (University of Cantabria, Spain; University of Castilla La Mancha, Spain; University of Ciudad Real, Spain)
15:00-15:20 - International Comparison of High-Speed Rail Affordability and its Impact on Equity in China
Yang, X. and Wu, J. (Beijing Jiaotong University, China)
15:20-15:40 - The social exclusion of older people in the process of taking high-speed rail and its influence on the satisfaction of high-speed rail
Gao, H., Yin, P. and Lian, Y. (Beijing Jiaotong University, China)
15:40-16:00 - Advancing Equitable Impacts and Inclusion Beyond “Opportunity” & “Outputs”: The U.S. Experience - California High-Speed Rail
B. Scott (Beverly Scott and Associates, USA)

16:00-16:30 CET - Closing remarks
Prof. Francesca Pagliara (University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
Mr Marc Guigon (UIC Passenger Director)

Local organising Committee

Prof. Francesca Pagliara: fpagliar@unina.it

Department of Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy


Key Contact

Philippe Lorand: lorand@uic.org

Prof. Francesca Pagliara: fpagliar@unina.it

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