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Old December 1st, 2015, 10:46 AM   #1
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SENDAI METROPOLITAN AREA | Public Transport

Through an invitation from Sendai City, I had the opportunity to ride Sendai City's Tozai (East-West) line before its official opening! First look on SSC! Here are some pics of the experience.

This is the map of the route in the new area of Sendai Station


The fare rate (in blue), its considered one of the most expensive lines in Japan. It connects to the existing Nanboku line (South North Line) at Sendai Station


My official test rider badge!


Some pamphlets they were giving out



Here comes the train!


First impression, the cars are small. 5 seats per car, each holding 6 passengers. That means each car has about 30 passengers and there's 4 cars, so a total of 120 can sit down comfortably. The ceiling is also very low. If you're over 6ft 4, you'll probably hit the ceiling.


The ride is very very smooth. My engineering friends say it uses some kind of fuzzy algorithim for the braking system. It means it constantly re-adjusts the amount of force needed based on the current weight of the train


Inside a station, of course all empty


the drivers area, most of it is underground, except for a segment between Kawauchi and International Center


Exit area of Yagiyama Zoo station


Arai station, terminus and where the train park is
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Old December 1st, 2015, 12:25 PM   #2
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The ride is very very smooth. My engineering friends say it uses some kind of fuzzy algorithim for the braking system. It means it constantly re-adjusts the amount of force needed based on the current weight of the train
That's likely the one of the benefits of ATO operation, as well as the linear motor system characteristics of braking.
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Whats the expected Ridership of this line?
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Whats the expected Ridership of this line?
according to this link
https://www.kotsu.city.sendai.jp/tou...s/kanshi_2.pdf

almost 80,000 per day which is a little over half the Nanboku Line (South-North Line).
That would explain why, although they are the same city, the Tozai line's cars are much smaller.

I think most of the traffic will be college students going to Tohoku University's Kawauchi and Aobayama Campus, Miyagi University of Education, people going to conferences and events at the International Center, and people going to the Yagiyama area which includes the city's zoo and theme park.

From my experiences here, buses going to those routes are jam packed in the mornings and around 6-8pm, but very empty in other times.
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Ah , how long did it take to build the line?
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Ah , how long did it take to build the line?
2000, but I think 2005 is when they actually started actual construction.
It was supposed to be finished this past March for the UN conference on climate change and disasters, but the 2011 Earthquake caused a lot of delays (mostly manpower being diverted for reconstruction).

I worked at that conference, they really could've used the subway then as foreigners are totally confused about Japanese bus systems (go in the back door, come out the front)
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Congratulations Sendai with upcoming new metro line and with creating of new thread. Map from urbanrail.net:
http://www.urbanrail.net/as/jp/sendai/sendai.htm



And please somebody rename this thread into SENDAI | Public Transport
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Old December 1st, 2015, 08:07 PM   #8
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Good report! Thanks for sharing!

As for the trains, the size looks similar to many subway trains here in Europe. I think is good for an small city as Sendai.




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And please somebody rename this thread into SENDAI | Public Transport
Sorry but I think a single thread for Sendai is too much. It is much better to merge this thread in the comings days with the general JAPAN | Urban Transport Compilation.
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I think Sendai can have its own thread (which should be re-titled per dimlys's suggestion) that covers both crosstown subway lines as well as JR lines in the city and buses.
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I went back to Sendai today for another business trip, and it also happened to be the day the Tozai line officially opened to the public. It was crazy! The city and its people are treating it like a big event!


Every station in the down town area was packed


Everyone and their mom is riding it. literally. Entire families and their extended generation are on the train. unfortunately it makes it super packed


The Sendai Tozai line is almost as packed as the Tokyo Tozai line! also to show you how small and low the roof is, you can see from the position of my camera. This train is certainly more cramp than the Naha monorail


Long line of people just to buy a ticket! It seems they are getting off at every other stop to explore around


Signs all over the city


Tozai line signs, pagaents, childrens booths, etc all over the city


Mens room


No washlette


The driver


An emptier station


Already crowded at the 2nd stop




this one particular station, the platform was pretty deep down.
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thanks for the video. One thing I noticed is that half of the video is showing the train outside.

that part is the segment immediately after the International Center station and Omachi station. It's the only segment that's outside (in order to cross the river) and only lasts 15 seconds. the rest of the line is underground.
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Is this subway is the only subway in Japan with overhead electrification?
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Is this subway is the only subway in Japan with overhead electrification?
are you talking about the linear motor? if so I think the other guys like Sr Horn or KKJetstar would know better but wiki gives a list of these lines in Japan:

Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line in Osaka (opened 1990)
Toei Ōedo Line in Tokyo (opened 2000)
Kaigan Line in Kobe (opened 2001)
Nanakuma Line in Fukuoka (opened 2005)
Imazatosuji Line in Osaka (opened 2006)
Green Line in Yokohama (opened 2008)
Sendai Subway Tōzai Line in Sendai, Japan (opened 2015)
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Is this subway is the only subway in Japan with overhead electrification?
After looking through all Japanese subway lines on wikipedia, then I came to the conclusion that, all subway lines that first opened after the early-mid 70's have overhead electrification. Also almost all (except from Chuo Line on the Osaka Subway) lines that have some kind of through service, even those that are built before the 70's also have overhead electrification, most likely to make it easier to connect them to the overground rail networks.
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are you talking about the linear motor?

About the linear motor system, the Sendai Tozai Line is one of the seven in Japan with the Linear Motor technology. I recommend the following NHK's Japan Railway Journal:

[dailymotion]x350clj_japan-railway-journal-episode-06_tech[/dailymotion]
From 23:50 to the end.

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The second metro line in Sendai was inaugurated on December 6 at a ceremony attended by Mayor Emiko Okuyama.

The 13ˇ9 km underground Tozai Line links Arai with Yagiyama-Dobutsu-Koen. Interchange with the north-south Namboku Line is provided at Sendai Station. There are 13 stations on the new line, and the end-to-end journey time is 26 min.

Construction started in 2004, but was interrupted by the tsunami which hit the area in 2011. Accommodation for 20 000 people is being built around Arai station, intended to house those affected by the tsunami.

Services on the standard gauge line are operated with a fleet of 15 four-car Series 2000 trainsets supplied by Kinki Sharyo. Powered by linear motors, the trains are fed from a 1ˇ5 kV DC overhead line.

The Sendai Municipal Government expects initial ridership on the Tozai Line to be 80 000 passengers a day, increasing by 3% per year.
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/n...etro-line.html
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here's a new pic for the week.
3 Years ago, Tohoku University researchers invited me to one of their campuses for consulting purposes. I stopped by one of their campuses in Kawauchi which at the time, had a large part of their northern area under construction. It was pretty horrible because you couldn't really get a good sense of the campus with all the wooden walls blocking the area, for the construction of the Kawauchi Station
I stopped by recently to see it again, and it became really nice.
The campus is on the foot of the Aoba mountain, hence the reason why this station looks like a step and has two floors.
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Shots of Sendai's Tozai line from the driver door window. Now that it's been out for 2 weeks, the novelty of line finally wore off and there's no longer an army of old men with cameras trying to take photos from the door.







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