The urban areas in Japan have undergone rapid changes in the last two and one-half decades. At the same time, the urban transportation system has been faced with numerous problems which need to be solved urgently. This paper presents the development stage and problems in the three largest metropolitan areas, designated as transport spheres, in Japan. Japan's problems in urban transportation are similar to those of most Western nations with regard to such issues as rapid urbanization, growth in travel, increasing auto ownership, growing transit operating deficits, rising wages and air pollution. The differences are the large modal split of transit from automobile trips, major expansion of the rail transit network, and the large number of transit operators in each urban area in Japan. In addition, governmental policies to help solve the urban transport problems are briefly described. In order to make the policies effective, coordination among government agencies is required. The establishment of a unified government agency is regarded as the first priority in dealing with the urban transport problem. It is expected that the government will offer bold new countermeasures to cope with urban transportation problems.

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    Amsterdam,   Netherlands  1043 NX
  • Authors:
    • Noguchi, T
  • Publication Date: 1977-6

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 171-190
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  • Accession Number: 00157236
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation (Netherlands)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1981 12:00AM