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Old September 6th, 2016, 07:55 PM   #701
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JR East revealed images for the new Yamanote Line station between Shinagawa & Tamachi. It will be a bit different then the earlier images suggested, there won't be a extra large canopy. But the roof, a construction of steel, wood and glass does look promising.

http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2016/20160903.pdf

It's tentatively named Shinagawa New Station 「品川新駅」








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Old September 7th, 2016, 07:51 AM   #702
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That's a nice design, though I still wonder about all that glass producing a greenhouse effect- Tokyu and Hanshin's recent above-ground station designs use thin but opaque materials for roofing. They also have to be careful about the possible placement of that road adjacent to the station, and constant automobile traffic noise echoing into such a large open space.
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Old September 7th, 2016, 07:15 PM   #703
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That's a nice design, though I still wonder about all that glass producing a greenhouse effect-


The roof appears to be a fabric tonneau-like canopy so I would think they will incorporate the same kinds of measures used at other stations to mitigate overheating in summer. Kokusai-tenjijou station on the Rinkai line has skylights all over, but has enough ventilation and a high ceiling as well.

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Tokyo Metro 13000 series arrives at Minami Senju Yards





Last year, we learned Tokyo Metro and Tobu Railway had placed a combined order for replacement trains for the Hibiya/Skytree lines. Kinki Sharyo released the first set in the Tokyo Metro version of the series (13001F) in mid-August and it was shown off on August 31st.









The cars are 20 meters, longer than their 03 series predecessors which are 18 meters long. Because of this, the newer trains will run in 7 car consists instead of 8. The new trains also have 4 doors per side, not 3.













All destination signage is done in LED matrix and for the first time, will also show the terminal station's numbering code as well.









Also never before seen, 3 LCD panels instead of the usual 2 are going above the doors.















The interior sports all the latest amenities such as plexiglass for the end car doors, bench seating partitions and package shelves. There's also lots of space for wheelchairs and baby strollers along with all-LED lighting for the cabin...











...As well as the head/tail lamps.













And if you've ever heard the sound the wheels make as they grind into the curve just north of Roppongi Station, you'll love this: Steerable Bogies. Just like the Ginza Line's new 1000 series trains!













From this point, the new set will be in non-revenue testing for a few months and should enter passenger service sometime before March 2017. Tokyo Metro's 03 series as well as Tobu's 20000 series will be phased out as the new vehicles come into service, with total replacement happening in 2019, coinsiding with the overhaul of the Hibiya Line's stations including adding platform screen doors.















Here's what the Tobu 70000 series will look like too. Should see the first one in real life any day now...
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Old September 7th, 2016, 08:32 PM   #705
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Awesome! I actually tried to look out to see if the Hibiya line had any new stock running while I was there, didn't realise it hadn't arrived at the yard yet. A shame, I really wanted to see some.

Love the new Ginza line stock, though. Didn't see them last time I was there (2012) but my wife did (2015) and nearly all the stock now appears to be the new stock, which is great for the line.
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This new Shinagawa New Station will be built in a large empty lot near current Shinagawa Station?
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The roof appears to be a fabric tonneau-like canopy so I would think they will incorporate the same kinds of measures used at other stations to mitigate overheating in summer. Kokusai-tenjijou station on the Rinkai line has skylights all over, but has enough ventilation and a high ceiling as well.

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As someone who earlier spent 12 minutes on a cramped 80 year-old underground platform with mainline trains running in and out, I can attest that high ceilings are good for not having huge amounts of heat.

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This new Shinagawa New Station will be built in a large empty lot near current Shinagawa Station?
Yes, JR will restructure the rail yard between Shinagawa and Tamachi, move the Yamanote and Keihin Tohoku Line tracks over 100 metes or so to the east, and redevelop the land freed up on the west side. The new station will be located about 900 meters north of current Shinagawa Station and serve the new development area.

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Source: http://kenplatz.nikkeibp.co.jp/artic...140603/665350/

The new station in red, the redevelopment area in pink.
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Ah, it is so good! Shinagawa will be also the terminus for Chuo Shinkansen.

Are there plans to a link between Shinagawa New Station and Toei Subway Sengakuji Station?
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Are there plans to a link between Shinagawa New Station and Toei Subway Sengakuji Station?
That seems to be the plan. Tokyo Gov't also wants to expand Sengakuji Station to make sure it can handle the extra traffic.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 01:30 PM   #711
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Short news roundup to see if I can get back into my flow… It’s definitely been a while!

Estimated cost of proposed Muraoka Station rise by 50%
https://news.nifty.com/article/domes.../12152-196824/

The estimated construction cost of the new Muraoka Station proposed between Ōfuna and Fujisawa on JR East’s Tōkaidō Line are expected to rise by almost 50% to ¥15.5 billion. The jump in costs is a result of a rise in the cost of labor, construction materials, and electrical work and other factors, including a 2013 geotech survey that showed much poorer soil conditions than originally expected, necessitating new piledriving work. The new cost also reflects construction management costs, which were not included in the previous estimate, but does not include expenses to reimburse JR for needed systems renovation work to accommodate the station, costs that were included in the previous estimate. As a result, the estimated cost is expected to rise further. As a “petition station” (請願駅), the construction cost of the new station would be footed entirely by local governments (Fujisawa City and Kamakura City).

The new costs were revealed by JR East, which was selected by a liaison committee of the two cities and Kanagawa Prefecture to assist in planning and design of the station. The original cost of the station was estimated in a study completed in FY2010 by a JR East-affiliated company at ¥10.9 billion for an island platform design and ¥9.90 billion for a side platform design. Estimated average daily ridership was 93,000.

JR East itself was tapped for the latest study, which revised the station’s ridership projections down to 65,800 passengers daily and downsized the design of the station building, platform, and public passage. Despite these cost-saving measures, the estimated construction cost was revised upwards to ¥15.6–15.9 billion for an island platform design and ¥15.5 billion for a side platform design.

The current geotechnical survey data is still limited at this time, and the liaison committee plans to continue more detailed studies and consider further value engineering. The station is proposed on a site in Muraoka Higashi, Fujisawa City (藤沢市村岡東) originally home to JNR’s Shōnan Freight Terminal, and is being considered in conjunction with joint development of Fujisawa City’s 9.6-hectare Muraoka district and Kamakura City’s 32.6-hectare Fukasawa (深沢) district. Kanagawa Prefecture is also assisting from the perspective of regional land use planning, while JR East is participating in the liaison committee as an observer.

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New test to use subway for freight transport

Tōkyō Metro, Tōbu Railway, and three freight delivery companies—Sagawa Express (佐川急便), Japan Post (日本郵便), and Yamato Transport (ヤマト運輸)—are participating.



The test will load small and medium-sized parcels in cardboard boxes onto the last car of non-revenue Tōkyō Metro Yūrakuchō Line trains running through central Tōkyō between Shin-Kiba Yard in Kōtō Ward and Wakōshi Yard in Saitama Prefecture. The test will also include early-morning offloading at Ginza Itchōme Station. The test will be conducted a total of 10 times until mid-October to help determine the feasibility of using passenger railways for small-scale freight transport without disrupting regular passenger train service. Benefits of the program could include reduced traffic congestion and carbon dioxide emissions, as well as resolving a shortage in truck drivers. This solution would also provide an alternative in the event that restrictions are placed on truck access into and out of central Tōkyō during the 2020 Summer Olympics.
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Sneak peek at new Seibu 40000 series being manufactured by Kawasaki
http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2016/09/08/436/

Most interesting feature is that a portion of the trains will have seating that can be rotated between transverse and longitudinal layouts, allowing them to be operated both “subway”-style for Yūrakuchō Line through-services and “commuter”-style for premium-fare limited express through-services on weekends across the Seibu Chichibu Line / Ikebukuro Line, Fukutoshin Line, Tōkyū Tōyoko Line, and Minato Mirai Line (about 120 km total distance one-way). The trains could also feasibly be used in transverse layouts as limited express services targeting commuters who want a seat. This will be the first premium-fare reserved-seat service to be operated by Tōkyū or the Minato Mirai Line, and Seibu’s first time doing reserved-seating using standard “urban”-style stock (as opposed to the traditional “limited express” stock).

There is also a standing-only zone for passengers in wheelchairs, with strollers, or with luggage; new Sharp Plasmacluster® air purifiers; new dual-screen LCD units above each door (left-side screen will be Seibu’s “Smile Vision” programming featuring ads, news, weather, and other content); cup holders; and one electrical outlet for each two seats (primarily for use in transverse seating configuration). The hanging ads typically seen down the center of the train ceiling have also been replaced with JR West-style LCD units.

For longer-distance travelers, there is also a fully-accessible restroom with diaper-changing table in Car 4, and for travelers visiting Japan from overseas, there is free Wi-Fi, Seibu’s second stock with this feature after the 10000 series Red Arrow limited express.

A total of eight 10-car formations will be introduced by FY2019.





















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Transport Council submits report on Utsunomiya LRT
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/to...902000177.html

On September 8, the national government’s Transport Council (運輸審議会) submitted its staff report on the proposed Utsunomiya LRT project to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism with a recommendation to approve the project. The MLIT is expected to approve the project, marking a major milestone in Utsunomiya City’s efforts to introduce a modern light rail line.

The report recognizes the benefits the project would bring to revitalizing local public transit and affirmed that the project’s ridership projections (with an estimated 13,000 passengers daily) and balance sheet (showing the line could break even on operating costs in its second year) were sound. While some residents criticized the ¥45.8 billion pricetag for the project, the report concluded that the project could be delivered within the proposed budget and that moving forward with the project was both necessary and appropriate for the public benefit. In light of comments opposing the project from attendees of a July public hearing on the project, the report also includes recommendations on targeted outreach with local residents and landowners and ensuring safety along the line.

The city will now file for construction plan and urban planning project approvals with the national government and Tochigi Prefecture. If approved, construction could begin by the end of this fiscal year, as originally envisioned.

Utsunomiya City, Haga Town (芳賀町), and third-sector operator Utsunomiya Light Rail (宇都宮ライトレール) are jointly leading the project, which will extend 14.6 km from the East Exit of JR Utsunomiya Station to Haga Town through the Utsunomiya Technopolis Center (宇都宮テクノポリスセンター) and Haga Town’s Takanezawa Industrial Park (高根沢工業団地), with a target opening in FY2019. The line will feature 19 stops and will be fully double-tracked, with 5.1 km of the route in an exclusive alignment free of automobile traffic. This would be Japan’s first example of an all-new LRT system being introduced into an area that never had streetcars historically.



Recent news report related to the project:



Simple visual simulation of the line produced by the city:

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Suica will begin accepting Apple Pay starting in October
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2016/20160906.pdf

Passengers with domestic iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or Apple Watch Series 2 devices will be able to tap their device to Suica card readers in lieu of a Suica card. These devices already feature FeliCa chips, so passengers simply tap their Suica card to their iPhone, transmitting the card’s information onto the device. Passengers will also be able to load multiple Suica cards onto their device, allowing them to choose which cards they want to use. Charging Suica cards with additional value will also be possible using the credit card (Amex, MC, JCV, or JR East’s View Card) tied to the Apple Pay account.

Coverage includes all 4,789 train stations, 30,000 buses, and 360,000 stores across Japan in the Suica program.

Bloomberg News report from last month:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articl...ay-for-subways

Hopefully this is only the first step and that other major phone manufacturers and IC card systems eventually join.
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I have definitely missed this level of news. Fantastic updates and also very happy to hear that the Utsunomiya light rail seems to be far more advanced in plannning that I thought.
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Yeah, likewise. Quashlo has outdone himself again with his reporting.

With the Seibu 40000 series, did I see "air purifiers" on board each car? As for the seats being able to be transformed from transverse to longitudinal layouts, that is something really new to me, allowing flexibility and comfort to merge beautifully between subway use and regional rail. Truly cutting edge and innovative, I must say.
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Tobu pioneered the seat trick on the TJ Liner a while back.

But more importantly:

ALL HAIL LORD QUASHLO THE MAGNIFICENT IN HIS TRIUMPHANT RETURN!!!!

All posters must now lower their heads in deference and apology.

And Lo! For an Era Of Great Posting is upon our unworthy souls!
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