Japan is considered to have one of the most modern, highly developed transportation systems in the world. It stands out for being the most energy efficient as the energy used per person is far less than any other country. This is mainly due to the high distribution of shares of the rail transportation systems and the overall short travel distances. Travel in Japan is generally more expensive compared to other international transportation systems reflected in high toll charges and taxes. Here are some reasons as why the Japanese transportation system is efficient:
Promotion of universal pedestrian spaces
To help ease the interconnections between the railway stations, hospitals and many other government facilities, barrier free pedestrian paths have been introduced to represent at least 75% of the road sections where most of the elderly and public travel by foot. With efficient earthwork contractors available, by 2012 most of the roads had universal pedestrian spaces.
Elimination of utility poles
In Japan most of the utility poles that are usually seen at the roadsides have been completely eliminated in an effort to secure comfortable and safe pedestrian spaces. Further, it creates a visually enticing landscape and environment, prevents major accidents and improves the reliability of most of the telecommunications networks in the country. Most of the Japanese road construction companies are known to be highly efficient in implementing road plans and meeting deadlines strictly. Clear road access helps restore the cultures by revitalizing local communities and help promote tourism.
Creating a bicycle friendly and safe environment
Bicycles are an important mode of transportation in the urban transportation system of Japan and are still one of the most convenient methods for many travelers. Japan takes the need for safety and convenience of all their travelers highly in to consideration. Thus, the launch of the committee for creating bicycle user-friendly environments has been established to ensure that their needs are facilitated effectively.
Prevention of disasters
Japan is highly susceptible to natural disasters in the form of earthquakes, storms, tsunamis and similar catastrophes thus high quality standard arterial highways, advanced ring roads and disaster resistant roads are usually constructed. Japan spends heavily on ensuring that their roads, which are an important infrastructure after a disaster are well constructed and maintained. This is partly one of the main reasons why Japan has high toll charges. Due to the high end, advanced and customized technology that Japan uses for their road plans, constructions and executions, it remains one of the most sophisticated and superior road networking systems in the world.