The U.S.-China Transportation Forum came about through the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in 2008. The Forum serves as a bilateral setting for multi-modal transportation discussion and cooperation between the United States and China. Since its inception, the Forum has resulted in a multitude of engagements and cooperative activities between the two countries and the development of mutually beneficial solutions to common transportation challenges.
Five working groups have been formed under the Forum to address common challenges and advance shared goals by facilitating cooperation between public and private partners, promoting exchange of technical knowledge, and delivering critical outcomes. The working groups are: Hazardous Materials Working Group; New Technologies in Transport (Rail) Working Group; Urban Congestion Working Group; Ports and Inland Waterways Working Group; and Safety and Disaster Coordination Working Group.
The 8th U.S.-China Transportation Forum was held in Los Angeles, CA, June 1-3, 2016. The Forum hosted U.S. and Chinese transportation officials and private sector representatives. Delegations from the U.S. Department of Transportation and China’s Ministry of Transport engaged in technical exchanges and sharing of best practices, solutions, and insights into how best to address the pressing transportation issues with a forward looking approach that integrates innovation at every stage.
The highlight of the 2016 Forum was the launching of the Race to Zero Emissions (R2ZE) Challenge. R2ZE is a collaborative and friendly competition encouraging transit agencies in the U.S. and China to deploy innovative, advanced, non-polluting Zero Emission Buses (ZEBs) in their transit system. The Race directly supports the goals established by the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group pursuant to the 2013 Joint Statement on Climate Change and in an effort to spur large-scale, cooperative efforts to address the climate challenge. The United States and China are two of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, and in both countries, the transportation sector contributes substantially to these emissions. Therefore, reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been a critical focus of the overall cooperative efforts under the U.S.-China Transportation Forum and the Forum’s Urban Congestion Working Group. Through the R2ZE, the two countries aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while fostering demand for zero emission, heavy-duty vehicle technology. The United States and China also signed a signed a Memorandum of Cooperation during the Forum, further cementing this partnership and collaboration in transportation areas of mutual interest.
Private sector participation is an integral part of the U.S. China cooperation through the Transportation Forum. Engaging industry and academia, enables the Forum to leverage their achievements in technology and innovation in transportation. To further encourage and expand private sector participation in U.S. China bilateral cooperation, a major focus of this year’s Forum was on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and their role in delivering infrastructure development projects and other components of transportation systems. A dedicated session on PPPs was held bringing together U.S. and Chinese policymakers, project developers, and industry experts, to share effective practices in this area. Topics of discussion included efforts by the U.S. and China to facilitate PPPs in the transportation sector in their domestic markets and their strategy and plans for the future development of PPPs as an integral funding solution for development of the transportation sector.
The 9th U.S.-China Transportation Forum will take place in China in 2017. Stay tuned!
For questions about the Transportation Forum please email: US-ChinaTF@dot.gov
For more information on the R2ZE and to join the Race please visit: https://www.transportation.gov/r2ze