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Old November 1st, 2014, 03:40 PM   #2741
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Is it just this one trainset? Why have they moved this to the Sobu line anyway? I thought the new Yamanote rolling stock was still a while off entering service?
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Announcement of preliminary through services on Ueno-Tokyo Line



Last week JR East announced preliminary plans for through services on new Ueno-Tokyo Line. Official date to open is March 14th.





Changes:

Utsunomiya and Takasaki Line will implement mutual direct operation on the Tokaido Line.

Joban Line will implement a direct operation to Shinagawa Station (new southbound).

This trains will run non-stop between Ueno and Tokyo and continue on the Tokaido Line towards Shinagawa and Yokohama stations.

Initially, up to 15 services (5 for each line) will run during morning peak, increased to 20 per hour in 2016.

Joban Line limited express services (Hitachi limited-stop and new Tokiwa semi-fast) will also be extended south of Ueno via the Ueno-Tokyo Line, with most services terminating at Shinagawa Station. These new services will introduce an easy limited express tariff system, as well as existing ticketless service using smart/mobile phones.




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Source: http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2014/20141022.pdf / http://response.jp/article/2014/10/30/236257.html / http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2014/10/31/039/
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Old November 7th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #2743
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New rolling stock on Sapporo Toho Line



Last October 31, Sapporo City Transport Bureau announces the new 9000 series for Toho Line (sky blue line) that will enter in operation by April 2015.

A total of 80 cars (20 four-cars sets) made on Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Kobe will be delivered until the end of FY 2016.

Those new trains incorporates ATO and will be equipped with VVVF inverters and interior LED lighting. Bogies and portions of the couplers from current Toho Line rolling stock will be reused on the new units in order to reduce costs.

Platform edge doors are to be installed at all Toho Line stations by fiscal 2016.





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Old November 16th, 2014, 10:41 PM   #2744
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As Olympics near, Tokyo subways, buses get more foreigener-friendly
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TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is stepping up its efforts to improve bus and subway services for foreign tourists ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The metropolitan government's Bureau of Transportation this fiscal year increased the number of concierges at subway stations to 50 from last year's 40. Concierges help guide overseas visitors through the often-complicated underground network, mainly using English.

The bureau has also increased the number of stations with the concierge services from 14 last fiscal year to 18. The stations include Shimbashi, Roppongi, Tsukishima and Higashi-shinjuku. More are planned to be added next fiscal year.

The hours of the concierge service have also been expanded. At Nihombashi and Tochomae stations, for example, the service used to be limited to weekdays. But it is now also available on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. At Shinjuku station, the service was available only on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, but it is now open on weekdays as well.

To better accommodate foreign visitors who do not speak English, stations with concierge services now have one or two tablet computers that can display sample conversations and phrases in more than 20 languages, including Chinese, Korean and French. The bureau is considering giving tablets to regular train staff as well.

The bureau has begun offering free Wi-Fi Internet access on all its buses except tour buses. It will look into the possibility of offering the service at subway stations, too.

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Old November 17th, 2014, 06:02 PM   #2745
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I think making the buses more accessible is a definite bonus. The TOEI subway is pretty clear to me, as is the rest of the rail network. The buses, however, are an intricate web that is almost impossible to discern for a foreigner without the ability to read Japanese.
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Old November 17th, 2014, 09:05 PM   #2746
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I think making the buses more accessible is a definite bonus. The TOEI subway is pretty clear to me, as is the rest of the rail network. The buses, however, are an intricate web that is almost impossible to discern for a foreigner without the ability to read Japanese.
100% agreed. You really need to be living in Tokyo to be able to figure out bus travel there. As a tourist with no Japanese ability, you're basically rolling the dice getting on some of those services.
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Old November 17th, 2014, 09:08 PM   #2747
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I think if they were to do the same thing as Taiwan has done for their bus systems and adding GPS locators to each bus and then open sourcing the data that they generate so that app developers can create multilingual applications, that would go a long way. The bus system is complicated even for people that do understand Japanese like myself!

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Old November 18th, 2014, 04:09 AM   #2748
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Then again, how necessary is it for these measures to be taken (and funded??) I mean, how many "average" foreign tourists need to take the Toei Bus given the density of the Tokyo metro and rail network? I understand having enhanced services for venue specific routes (Olympics, international conventions, Disneyland, etc.) but for the garden variety rosen bus terminating at the average two platform inner suburban train station? Is the cost/benefit worth it??
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Old November 18th, 2014, 04:19 AM   #2749
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I haven't seen any numbers, but I think it is worth it. Amount of tourists are increasing nearly at a rate of 1 million a year. By 2020 Tokyo itself could be getting around 18 million tourists a year. Last year Tokyo had a record 6.8 million tourists, up from 4.1 million in 2011. I don't know how many people will be using buses, but when we are approaching ~10 million tourists a year might as well do it.
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Old November 18th, 2014, 04:29 AM   #2750
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The other thing that needs to be said to is the fact that a lot of places are easier to get to on the bus because it goes there directly. One of the things I'm constantly hearing from visitors to the Tokyo area is how labyrinth like the subway system is and even once exiting the train and trying to figure out what exit to use out of the station, various passageways and big complexes like Ginza, Otemachi, Shibuya, and Shinjuku for example.

Also there are a number of people now that are going to have to stay in hotels outside of the Yamanote a loop. I can imagine during the Olympics the best places with reasonable prices will be probably be in surrounding prefectures where a bus transfer may be necessary. In any case in farming tourists and just regular old non Japanese speaking residents alike of the bus system can't be a bad thing.

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Old November 18th, 2014, 04:35 AM   #2751
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Yeah, even just using my house for example. It's easiest to take the train to my local station and then a bus to the closest stop to my home. The only other option is to walk for about ~10 minutes..which sure isn't that bad (and usually I just ride bicycle or walk) there's definitely many hotels, especially cheaper ones or hostels about 10+ minutes from stations. It's very convenient for tourists who don't want to walk to just take a bus. Also most/many tourists have money to spend so could care less paying a little to not have to walk.

So with the huge influx of tourists coming in the future, I think it's a good idea.

Also one major point is it seems like for now, all they are doing is adding free wifi for buses (although of course the concierge people could also suggest to take buses). One of the major complaints for tourists in Tokyo is the lack of wifi so that's a good thing to do, since many tourists rely on google maps and such.
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Old November 18th, 2014, 05:30 AM   #2752
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I really hope Japan can make a free internet WiFi service like most every other country in Asia has done. Has saved my neck in Taiwan Hong Kong and Singapore a bunch of times. Don't know why they don't have something like that here though.

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Old November 19th, 2014, 05:17 AM   #2753
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Here's an article about the E235 to be introduced on the Yamanote line in 2015

Yamanote Line to be paper-ad free
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New train cars will be introduced on the Yamanote Line for the first time in 13 years next autumn.

The exterior green color remains, but the interior will change markedly. One change is the installation of large LCD monitors to replace paper ads hanging from the ceilings.

But the question remains whether these monitors will find fans among a rocking car full of commuters.

Beginning with operations next year, East Japan Railway Co. is currently considering the introduction of the new cars in all Yamanote Line services.

Creating more space

The paper ads are being replaced to increase the feeling of space inside the cars, according to the railway operator. In the current Yamanote line cars, in addition to the paper ads, 15 inch LCD monitors are installed above the doors, playing commercials, news, and other programs.

In the new cars, three 21 inch LCD monitors will be placed above the windows on each side of the cars, in addition to the 15 inch monitors above the doors. The result will be an increase from 16 monitors to 30 monitors or more per car. Elimination of all paper ads will also end the need to replace them manually. The train operator said it aimed to pursue an open design wherever passengers look in the carriage.

Ad publisher concerned

The new monitors can show both videos and still images, including TV commercials, which has the advantage of reducing production costs for advertisers.

Currently, according to an advertising company in Tokyo that handles paper ads used on trains, digital advertising on monitors in trains remains a minority, with paper ads accounting for over 80 percent of all ads.

While a JR East official says, The LCD monitors can handle both videos and still images, and gives us a lot of display options, a Tokyo publisher of train ads that does not make TV commercials is concerned. Its all well and good for fashion magazines, for example, to produce videos, but how can we make effective videos to advertise weekly magazines?

More: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001727789
The trains will be the main train used by the 2020 olympics, so there will be more open space for luggage or other items with tourists in mind. Priority seating will also be increased from 66 to 80 and will be painted red so it's more visible.
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 02:06 PM   #2754
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Small lines across Japan: Keisei Kanamachi Line

This is a 60p cab superview of the Keisei Kanamachi Line, far northeast Tokyo. This is only a 2,5 km line between Keisei-Takasago (transfer for Keisei Main Line) and Keisei-Kanamachi (transfer with JR Joban Line). There is only one intermediate stop, Shibamata, where the trains crosses.

http://goo.gl/maps/54sHP



This line was opened on October 21, 1913, when the former 610mm track was bought by Keisei and transformed and electrified at 1372mm gauge. In 1959 Keisei changed again the gauge to the standard 1430mm.


Keisei-Takasago is the first station, transfer with Keisei Main Line. In 2010, due the opening of Narita Sky Access, the company constructed an elevated 5th track with single platform exclusive for the Kanamachi Line. The daily average in 2013 was 96.950 (whole station).




Station view from the street in 2006 and new single platform for Kanamachi Line in 2010 (Wikipedia)


Shibamata, the intermediate station. With two platforms, one on each side of the two tracks. This station is used for the people who visits Shibamata Taishakuten Buddhist temple (1629). Daily average of 8.834 in 2013.




Main entrance of Shibamata Station. Looks vintage (Wikipedia)


Keisei-Kanamachi (transfer for Joban Line on JR Kanamachi Station). Between Shibamata and Keisei-Kanamachi there is a long 1km right track, perfect to allow the 85 km/h top speed on this line according Wikipedia.

The last station is like the first, one single track with single platform. Daily average in 2013 was 24.474.




View from the JR Kanamachi Station. Only 80 meters of transfer at street level (Wikipedia)


Track and platform (Wikipedia)


This line uses Keisei 3500 series 4 car-sets refurbished in 2001. Trains run every 10 minutes on rush hour and 15 minutes the rest of the day.

Keisei Kanamachi line by Hideya Aita, on Flickr

Keisei Kanamachi line by Hideya Aita, on Flickr

In February 2013 the 3300 Series was retired.

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Update via Sendai Keizai Shinbun

Tozai-line will start operations in 2015, December 6th...
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Thanks for the update. Why so much of a delay?! I thought the line was almost finished?!
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Thanks for the update. Why so much of a delay?! I thought the line was almost finished?!
I have no idea. Recently a lot of the coverings around various stations such as Kawauchi station or International Center station, have been taken down, so everyone can see the new stations already (but they are gated off). It looks like there's only a few more months left. Even the real estate agent I met earlier in the day said she expected a spring completion date..
so when I googled to confirm that, I saw the December news.
I was really hoping it would make my apartment hunt easier as I could choose some cheaper area to live in and use the subway to commute
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Indeed, everything I'd read and heard is that it would be opened in Spring. When was the December news published? Is it reliable?
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Indeed, everything I'd read and heard is that it would be opened in Spring. When was the December news published? Is it reliable?
well I think this source is reliable
http://www.kotsu.city.sendai.jp/touzaisen/index4.html

basically it says the suspension caused by the earthquake, lack of man power, electrical installation, testing the train, and need to train station personnel, etc as the reasons for that date.
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Well, cannot argue with the city themselves.

Ouch... That's really not good. Was expecting a spring opening.
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