Reengineering Transportation Systems for Sustainable Business and Economy – A Case for Public Transportation System with an Emphasis on High Speed Rail Transport

DMS-GBMP | Special Issue | July-2018 | Published Online: 30 July 2018    PDF ( 290 KB )
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1327573
Author(s)
Lakavath Mothilal 1

1Assistant Professor, Department of Management Studies, Pondicherry University, Puducherry (India)

Abstract

Sustainable transportation systems are essential to the functioning of societies and economies and provide basic infrastructure for the movement of people and goods with ease. The existence and utilization of sustainable transportation networks are fundamental to the modern age and the negative effects of congestion and pollution are associated with their increasing usage on account of relentless growth in population. Growing interest in sustainability, sustainable development, and sustainable transportation is noteworthy, while the paradigm shift in the perspectives of human beings towards living standards to save the planet is vital factor to be considered as global citizens. The paper’s theoretical approach emphasizes the usage of public transport, especially high speed rail transport to save the environment and reap benefits such as decongestion of roads, reduced fuel bills, minimal accidents, strain free travelling, improved health and minimized vehicle pollution. Comparison of private and public transport, pros and cons of various modes of transport, transformative effects of having high speed public rail transport and policy measures to move towards sustainable transport systems with an integrated approach were discussed. It is suggested to reengineer the existing unsustainable transport infrastructure and pave the way for high speed rail services which significantly benefits. Having sustainable transportation is not by choice but by necessity and no longer can the world afford to have personalized transport facility at a cost of unsustainable environmental impact.

Keywords
High Speed Rail; Integrated approach; Policy measures; Public transport system; Sustainable transport
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