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Old June 27th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #2701
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The article states that this line plus a Hanzomon Line extension are currently the leading Tokyo subway projects under consideration; how about the Asakusa bypass line? I thought there were some grand plans to build this line in order to connect Narita and Haneda airports in something like 40 mins via the Keisei line?
Asakusa Bypass Line would link Narita and Haneda to each other in 59 minutes via Hokuso, Keisei, and Keikyu. There would be an intermediate stop at Tokyo Station.

Another interesting project that I'm not sure is much more than a glimmer in some planner's eye is the Metro Seven / Eight Liner circumferential subway. It would have approximately 2-3 times the radius of the Yamanote line.
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Old June 28th, 2011, 02:13 AM   #2702
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Unfortunately, Kensetsu Tsūshin Shimbun (Construction Report News) is quick to remove day-old articles, so I no longer have access to the original Japanese article to check the context...

However, I think the main point of that "leading project" statement was just to say that the Yūrakuchō Line extension was one of the higher-priority projects, but not the only one. The article also does not say that the Hanzōmon Line extension to Matsudo is a "leading project", only that it is being considered as a long-term improvement alongside with the Yūrakuchō Line extension from Oshiage to Kameari. The extension to Sumiyoshi is definitely a higher priority than the Kameari or Matsudo extensions.

I think the Asakusa Line bypass is perhaps treated somewhat differently because it's currently being spearheaded at the national level (the MLIT is doing all the studies, etc.), as it does have some national significance. Most other extensions, like the Yūrakuchō Line and Hanzōmon Line ones are mostly local / regional in terms of benefit.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 10:28 AM   #2703
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Mitsubishi and Kawasaki in race for Hyderabad Metro trains
http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Defau...&ViewMode=HTML

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Hyderabad: Japanese giants Mitsubishi and Kawasaki are keen on bidding for the supply of nearly Rs 1,700 crore rolling stock (coaches and locomotives) tenders of the L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, the special purpose vehicle that has been set up to implement the Hyderabad Metro Rail project.

Ten global manufacturers including Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom, Rotem & BEML consortium, CAF of Spain as well as two Chinese players – China CNR Corporation and China Southern Railway – have already submitted their expressions of interest (EOI) as part of the pre-bid stage.

“Though Mitsubishi and Kawasaki have not participated in the pre-bid stage, they have indicated that they may bid later,” L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) chief executive and managing director VB Gadgil said on Monday.

The SPV, which hopes to close the tendering process for the rolling stock later this year, will be initially acquiring around 160 rail cars as part of the first phase that will have athree car per train configuration that will be increased to a six car configuration later.

Meanwhile, there are nearly 7-8 companies in the fray for the signaling and telecom equipment supply for the project including Siemens, Alstom and Ansaldo STS, Gadgil explained. The first phase of the project, to be completed over five years, will see investment worth Rs 14,000 crore with a coverage of 71.16 kms over three corridors – Miyapur-LB Nagar, Shilparamam-Nagole and Falaknuma-JBS that will have 66 stations.

L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd is an SPV floated jointly by engineering giant Larsen & Toubro and the Andhra Pradesh government. It has already achieved integrated financial closure of Rs 16,375 crore and hopes to achieve break-even in the third year of operations.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 10:30 AM   #2704
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Daily ridership forecast for Okinawa rail system: 90,000-150,000
http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/article/2011-06-29_19848/

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The results of a feasibility study evaluating introduction of a steel-wheel rail or “new transit” system to Okinawa commissioned by the Cabinet Office’s Okinawa Oversight Office were revealed June 28. The study assumed two alignments—an Itoman City – Nago City route and a Ginowan City – Nago City route—and estimated that daily ridership would be between 90,000 and 150,000 for a heavy rail system and 50,000 to 90,000 for a road-based light rail transit (LRT) system. This is the first time that the national government has collected specific data regarding the possibility of introducing a steel-wheel rail system to Okinawa. In FY2011, the Cabinet Office will study routes, total project costs, and financial feasibility, combining the work with the results of the FY2010 study as a springboard for more detailed evaluation of the proposed system.

The study forecasted ridership assuming two preliminary alignments. Specifically, the study defined the preliminary preferred alignments as routes that have potential to streamline transportation throughout the entire prefecture, and selected routes along the high-density Itoman City – Naha City – Uruma – Nago City corridor.

In addition, the study also considered the need to promote tourism, selecting a route along the west coast of the island (home to many lodging facilities) as an alternative option and calculating ridership for a preferred alignment with a central section via Ginowan City, Chatan Town, Kadena Town, Yomitan Town, and Nago City. The study also assumed three branches (Nago City – Motobu Town, Haebaru Town – Yaese Town, and Yonabaru Town – Nanjō City).

Daily ridership on the preliminary alignments assuming a rail-based system was 115,000, reaching 149,000 when combined with the three branch lines. Ridership for the alternative option was 92,000.

Assuming a road-based system, the preliminary alignments would generate a daily ridership of 61,000, reaching 85,000 when combined with the branch lines. The alternative option would generate 53,000 daily riders. Because the assumed speed for a road-based system was slow, ridership was about 40 percent less than a rail-based system.

Looking at specific sections of network, the highest-ridership section was the area around the Prefectural Office, with a forecasted daily ridership of approx. 8,000 to 19,000.

The study report points out that convenient access to train stations, a critical factor when introducing a steel-wheel rail system, has a “substantial impact on ridership.” The study also says that coordination with buses, private automobiles, rental cars, and other elements of the existing transportation system as transport modes to major stations is critical.

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Old July 1st, 2011, 10:30 AM   #2705
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JR East begins installing experimental seats on Yamanote Line

On 2011.06.28, JR East invited reporters to its Tōkyō General Rolling Stock Center to try out a new experimental seat design proposed for the Yamanote Line. One car (Car No. 7) of Unit 550, the same unit featuring LED lighting on a trial basis, was outfitted with the new seats, designed to ensure passenger comfort while eliminating some of the annoyances and inconveniences of sitting next to others on a crowded train.

The seats were jointly developed by the Emerging Railway Systems Development Center at JR East’s Research and Development Center and Yamazaki Nobutoshi, professor of ergonomics engineering at Keiō University. The seat back is now concave, and the left and right corners of the seat have been raised to encourage people to keep their knees together, avoiding unnecessary body contact (either from people spreading out their knees or from people falling asleep while sitting and falling onto others) and ensuring proper sitting behavior.

ANN news report (2011.06.28):



Some pics at Tōkyō General Rolling Stock Center:
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/

New seats. The moquette should be familiar to Tōkyōites… It’s the same as the existing Yamanote Line seats.



The seats are easily distinguishable by the raised corners.



For reference, the existing seats.



Priority seating got the same treatment.



The car (and train) re-entered service on 2011.06.29, and JR East will examine comfort, durability, and cost of the seat design before making a decision on whether or not to replace the rest of its train seats.

Good to see even more improvements being made, even though I already find Japanese train seats about as comfortable as you could find.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:02 PM   #2706
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Odakyū announces FY2011 infrastructure investment plan
http://www.odakyu.jp/program/info/da...4_5738230_.pdf

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At Odakyū Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (HQ: Shinjuku Ward, Tōkyō; President: Ōsuka Yorihiko), we are actively continuing facilities upgrades in our railway business to ensure a safe, convenient, and comfortable railway experience for our customers. In FY2011, we will conduct a total of ¥26.7 billion of facilities upgrades focused on the three pillars of “increased capacity,” “strengthened safety measures,” and “improved service.”

The details of our FY2011 railway business infrastructure investment plan are below.

Increased capacity
  • Advancement on the quadruple-tracking project (Higashi-Kitazawa – Izumi Tamagawa, 10.4 km)
    With the completion of the 1.6 km section between Higashi-Kitazawa and Setagaya Daita currently under construction, we will be able to increase the number of trains during the morning rush hour, relieving crowding inside trains and reducing journey times by running local trains and express trains on separate tracks.

    Last fiscal year, we moved forward with excavation works underneath in-service tracks, but this fiscal year we are slated to work on construction of the tunnel structure itself and platforms at each of the stations, in preparation for the undergrounding of the current tracks. We will continue with these construction works, aiming for a speedy completion (please refer below regarding the state of progress on the quadruple-tracking project).
  • Advancement of works to allow for conversion of local trains to 10 cars
    In order to further increase capacity during the morning rush hour after completion of the quadruple-tracking project, we are slated to operate the inner-suburban local trains currently running in eight-car formations as 10-car formations. This fiscal year, we will continue moving forward with platform extension at Minami-Shinjuku Station and various other works.
Strengthened safety measures
  • Introduction of D-ATS-P (Digital Automatic Train Stop Pattern)
    In order to further increase the safety of train operations, we are aiming to install a newer, safer train control system (D-ATS-P) across our entire network, replacing the ATS currently in use and allowing continuous and finer-grained speed control, enabling us to establish speed limits on sharp curves, downhill grades, and other locations. This fiscal year, we are slated to complete installation of equipment on rolling stock, as well as wayside facilities works on the Tama Line. In addition, we will ocntinue with wayside facilities works on the Enoshima Line.
  • Installation of platform doors
    In order to improve customer safety at our stations, this fiscal year we will break ground on installation of moving platform doors on Platforms 4 and 5 at Shinjuku Station.
  • Advancement of seismic retrofits
    In order to minimize damage during a large-scale earthquake, we are continuing seismic retrofits of our railway structures. This fiscal year, we will move forward with seismic retrofits of station structures at Shinjuku, Yoyogi Uehara, and Hon-Atsugi and the Sagami River Bridge.
  • Other
    In order to minimize damage as a result of natural disaster, we will carry out slope protection works on the Kakio – Tsurukawa section of our network, as well as continue refurbishment works on the aging Shōbu No. 1 Tunnel (Shibusawa – Shin-Matsuda). In addition, together with the installation of platform doors, we will also break ground this fiscal year on renovation of the ground-level platforms at Shinjuku Station.
Improved service
  • Production and refurbishment of rolling stock
    • Production of limited express trains
      We will manufacture 10 cars (one six-car formation and one four-car formation) of our newest limited express rolling stock, the 60,000 series.
    • Production of commuter cars and conversion to 10-car trains
      We will manufacture 10 cars (one ten-car formation) of our newest commuter rolling stock, the 4000 series. In addition, we will manufacture 12 middle cars of our 3000 series commuter rolling stock, converting existing six-car formations to 10-car formations.
    • Refurbishment of commuter rolling stock
      We will refurbish 12 cars (three four-car formations) of our 8000 series commuter rolling stock, installing wheelchair spaces, interior LED signs, and automatic announcement systems. In addition, we will make environmental improvements, including reducing electricity consumption during train operations by modifying the control equipment and reducing noise by using quieter compressors and other under-side equipment.
  • Improved station facilities and services
    Installation of additional platform canopies: In order to improve service to customers at our stations, we will install additional platform canopies (platform canopy extensions) at stations. This fiscal year, we will begin work on Aikō–Ishida Station.
Regarding the state of progress on the quadruple-tracking project
At Odakyū, we are moving forward with the quadruple-tracking project for the Higashi-Kitazawa – Izumi Tamagawa section (10.4 km) of our line as a strategy to dramatically improve capacity and enable a comfortable transport service, and we have currently already completed the Setagaya Daita – Izumi Tamagawa section (8.8 km). As a result, travel times during the morning rush from Mukōgaoka Yūen to Shinjuku have been reduced by 8 minutes for express trains and four minutes for local trains compared to before breaking ground on the project. In addition, journey times during the midday period for local trains have been reduced by seven minutes, allowing us to improve speeds and take advantage of other benefits.

We broke ground on the remaining Higashi-Kitazawa – Setagaya Daita (1.6 km) section in September 2004, and currently are continuing in earnest with quadruple-tracking of the line, which involves building four tracks underground. Once this section is complete, the new quadruple-track facilities will connect to the already-complete quadruple-track facilities, allowing us to increase the number of trains, substantially relieve crowding inside trains, and further reduce journey times.

In addition, this project is being advanced in coordination with a continuous grade-separation project, an urban planning project being carried out by the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government. The benefits as a result of the project are many—elimination of paralyzing traffic congestion at grade crossings, improved safety of both railroad and roadways, unification of urban areas separated by the tracks, and advancement of infrastructure improvements in the areas surrounding stations—and a speedy completion is critical.

FY2011 work (scheduled) on Higashi-Kitazawa – Setagaya Daita section
On this section (Shimo-Kitazawa area), we are currently in the midst of excavation work and construction of the tunnel structures themselves directly beneath in-service tracks, in preparation for the undergrounding of the current tracks. With the goal of completing the tunnels themselves by the end of this fiscal year, in addition to completing excavation work in the first half of the year, we are also slated to begin work in the second half of the year on station-related construction work and the station platforms, which will open when the line is undergrounded.

In addition, in regards to the Inokashira Line facilities at Shimo-Kitazawa Station, which require replacement as part of this project, we have formalized agreements with Keiō Electric Railway and will break ground on the replacement works this year. We will now move forward with preparations for the undergrounding, including consideration of transfer passages and station exits once the line is undergrounded.
Recent (2011.06.21) 4000 series delivery, in Odawara City (between Kōzu and Kamonomiya):


Source: kumoya143inkouzu on YouTube

A quick walk through busy Shimo-Kitazawa Station (2011.02.13). Shimo-Kitazawa is somewhat of a hipster neighborhood, a bit rough-around-the-edges but popular among the younger generation, so there was initially some backlash that Odakyū’s proposed station building design was too elegant (gentrifying?) for the area, and didn’t fit in.


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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:02 PM   #2707
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Keikyū announces FY2011 infrastructure investment plan
http://www.keikyu.co.jp/company/news...il/003351.html

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In its business policy, Keihin Electric Express Railway (Keikyū) (HQ: Minato Ward, Tōkyō; President: Ishiwata Tsuneo) has identified continuous investment in safety measures on a mid- to long-term basis. Our FY2011 railway business infrastructure investment will comprise a total of approx. ¥21.2 billion, including ¥19.2 billion of infrastructure investment for safety measures.

The primary components of the infrastructure investment plan include platform widenings and other station improvement works; the Keikyū Kamata Station Continuous Grade-Separation Project; production of new rolling stock or rebuilding and refurbishment of existing rolling stock; and safety measures such as ATS improvement works. In addition, we will continue to actively pursue disaster prevention and anti-earthquake measures in order to ensure a safe experience for our customers.

The details of the infrastructure investment plan are below.

Investment related to safety measures: Approx. ¥19.2 billion
Continuous grade-separation projects: Approx. ¥1.5 billion
The Keikyū Kamata Station Continuous Grade-Separation Project involves the elevation of the Main Line (Heiwajima Station – Rokugōdote Station) and Airport Line (Keikyū Kamata Station – Ōtorii Station), the removal of 28 grade crossings, re-configuration of Keikyū Kamata Station into a stacked bilevel design, and substantial improvements in access to the Airport Line. We began work on this project in February 2001, and in May of last year, elevated the full length of the inbound track, reducing crossing closure time by approx. 40%. In September, we also elevated the outbound track near Loop Route No. 8, eliminating the grade crossing at Kanpachi-dōri. We will continue construction work this fiscal year, aiming for complete elevation of all tracks in FY2012.

In addition, in the Phase 1 undergrounding works for the Daishi Line, we will continue work on undergrounding the first section between Higashi-Monzen Station and Kojima Shinden Station.

Station improvement works: Approx. ¥4 billion
In order to further improve convenience, we will widen platforms at Kanazawa Bunko Station to improve safety and relieve platform congestion, as well as renovate and replace station buildings at other stations.

Platform widening: Kanazawa Bunko Station (inbound platform)
Station building renovation / replacement: Tobe Station, Koganechō Station, Uraga Station, Misakiguchi Station

Production of new rolling stock and refurbishment of rolling stock: Approx. ¥5.1 billion
In order to ensure safety and comfort, we will manufacture sets of our new 1000 series rolling stock and upgrade and refurbish existing rolling stock.
Production of new rolling stock (1000 series): 26 cars
Refurbishment of existing rolling stock (600 series): 20 cars

Disaster prevention and anti-earthquake measures: Approx. ¥3.4 billion
In order to strengthen our disaster prevention and anti-earthquake measures, we will conduct seismic retrofits of viaducts, as well as slope protection and tunnel reinforcement.

Upgrades and improvements to transformer stations, ATS, and other electrical facilities: Approx. ¥3 billion
Beginning with upgrades to transformer facilities, we will also implement upgrades and improvements to electrical power, signaling, and communications systems, including implementation of a grade crossing protection system through improvements to our ATS system.

Other: Approx. ¥2.2 billion
Improvement and renovation of works facilities and maintenance plants.

Note: While joint projects with the national government and local jurisdictions are included above, all monetary values represent Keikyū’s share of the total costs.

Other: Approx. ¥2 billion
Recent (2011.04) delivery of 1000 series cars:


Source: SERIES500W1 onYouTube

1000 series trains at Kanazawa Bunko (2010.04.20), before platform widening.


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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:04 PM   #2708
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Tōkyū announces FY2011 infrastructure investment plan
http://www.tokyu.co.jp/contents_inde.../110513-1.html

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  • As part of our safety measures, we will continue to carry out seismic retrofit works.
  • We will carry out improvement works on our way towards barrier-free upgrades at all of our stations.
  • We will introduce 71 new environmentally-friendly railcars.
  • Undergrounding work between Shibuya and Daikanyama has reached the finale. We will continue with construction in preparation for the FY2012 launch of through-services between the Tōyoko Line and Tōkyō Metro Fukutoshin Line.
At Tōkyū, we will carry out a total of ¥36.7 billion in infrastructure investment in our railway business in FY2011. Starting with safety measures—our utmost duty as a railway operator—we will also actively continue efforts in large-scale improvement works and service improvements to expand our railway network.

We will invest ¥23.2 billion in efforts towards safety measures and service improvements. In FY2011, we will strive to become an even safer, even more comfortable Tōkyū through seismic retrofits of railway structures, improvement works for barrier-free upgrades at Shimo-Shinmei Station, and other efforts. In addition, we will manufacture a total of 71 new energy-conserving and environmentally-friendly 5000 series and 5000-series based 7000-series railcars (68 cars for the Tōyoko Line and 3 cars for the Ikegami Line / Tōkyū Tamagawa Line).

In the expansion of our railway network, we will invest ¥13.5 billion. Targeting an FY2012 start of through-service between the Tōyoko Line and Tōkyō Metro Fukutoshin Line, we will continue moving forward with the Tōyoko Line Shibuya – Yokohama Improvement Works, including the undergrounding of the Tōyoko Line between Shibuya and Daikanyama and the conversion of limited express, commuter limited express, and express trains to 10-car formations.

The details of our FY2011 infrastructure investment are below.

Safety measures and service improvement efforts: ¥23.2 billion
Ensuring safety is our largest and most critical duty to our customers as a railway operator, and we will actively make investments in safety measures. In addition, we will also initiate station improvement works such as barrier-free upgrades, with the aim of becoming a railway that everyone can use safely and comfortably.
  1. Seismic retrofits of railway structures
    With the aim of a Tōkyū network that is resilient against accidents and natural disasters such as earthquakes, we will continue moving forward with seismic retrofit works on stations, viaducts, and tunnels. In FY2011, we will carry out work at Yōga Station and Nagatsuta Station and on viaducts near Gakugei Daigaku Station, Ōimachi Station, and Gotanda Station.
  2. Barrier-free upgrades to station facilities
    With the aim of becoming a railway that all of our customers can use comfortably, we will actively move forward with barrier-free upgrades. We installed elevators at Midorigaoka Station in March 2011, and will continue construction in the hope of completing upgrades this fiscal year. For the improvement works at Shimo-Shinmei Station, which began in March 2011, we are aiming to complete barrier-free upgrades in FY2013 and complete all work by FY2014. After completion, barrier-free routes will be secured at all 98 stations on the Tōkyū network. In addition, we will also install additional elevators at the West Exit of Kikuna Station and at the transfer gate with the JR Yamanote Line at Gotanda Station.
  3. Construction of new bike parking
    As part of area improvements around train stations, we will move forward with construction of new bicycle parking facilities along the Tōkyū network, including at Moto-Sumiyoshi Station and Hakuraku Station.
  4. Upgrades to new rolling stock
    At Tōkyū, we have been making efforts towards introduction of new rolling stock that is both energy-conserving and environmentally friendly while relieving crowding and improving comfort, including the achievement of 100% electrical regenerative braking on all of our trains since FY2001.

    In FY2011, we will upgrade a total of 71 cars (68 cars on the Tōyoko Line and 3 cars on the Ikegami Line / Tōkyū Tamagawa Line) to new 5000 series and 7000 series (based on the 5000 series) rolling stock. The 5000 series includes backup redundancy for equipment, minimizing the impact to train operations should the train experience equipment failure. In addition, the 5000 series is designed to be friendly to both users and the environment, featuring barrier-free measures such as a reduced height difference between the platform and car floor and an approx. 40% reduction in electricity consumption compared to the previous workhorse of the fleet, the 8000 series. After the FY2011 replacements, approx. 48 percent of Tōkyū trains will be environmentally-friendly rolling stock. In addition, on 5000 series trains on the Den’en Toshi Line, we have introduced six-door fold-up-seat cars, operating them primarily during the morning rush hour in an effort to minimize delays and reduce the feeling of overcrowding.
Railway network expansion: ¥13.5 billion
In order to improve convenience through expansion of our railway network, we will continue large-scale improvement works.

Tōyoko Line Shibuya – Daikanyama Improvement Works
In preparation for the launch of mutual through-service between the Tōyoko Line and Tōkyō Metro Fukutoshin Line in FY2012, we will continue moving forward with the Tōyoko Line Shibuya – Daikanyama Improvement Works. Through mutual through-servicing, Yokohama – Shibuya – Shinjuku – Ikebukuro will be connected by a single train, further augmenting our railway network. In coordination with the start of mutual through-service, we will also operate limited express, commuter limited express, and express trains as 10-car formations (currently 8-car formations).

Construction began in March 2005 using funds from the Urban Railways Improvement Special Reserve.
  1. Shibuya Station – Daikanyama Station Undergrounding Works
    The groundbreaking for Shibuya Station was in May 2002, with a portion opening for service in June 2008 in concert with the debut of the Tōkyō Metro Fukutoshin Line. In preparation for the FY2012 start of mutual through-service, we are currently carrying out construction of the remaining structure of Shibuya Station, laying track on the shield tunnel section from Shibuya Station to the intersection with the JR lines, and excavation and construction of structural elements from the intersection with the JR lines to Daikanyama Station.
  2. Conversion to 10-car formations and improved speed works
    In order to allow for 10-car formations, we are conducting platform extension works at stops on limited express, commuter limited express, and express trains.

    Naka-Meguro Station improvement works:
    1. Extension of platforms and platform canopies
    2. Widening of the Shibuya end of the inbound platform in order to reduce platform congestion
    3. Installation of new escalators on both the inbound and outbound platforms
    4. Installation of a new faregate entrance at the Yokohama end.
    5. Seismic retrofit of viaducts.

    Gakugei Daigaku Station platform extension works:
    In addition to extending the platforms, we will carry out seismic retrofits.

    Jiyūgaoka Station platform extension works:
    We will extend the platforms.

    Den’en Chōfu Station platform extension works:
    We will extend the platforms.

    Tamagawa Station platform extension works:
    We will extend the platforms.

    Musashi Kosugi Station platform extension works:
    We will extend the platforms and platform canopies.

    Hiyoshi Station platform extension works:
    We will extend the platforms.

    Tsunashima Station platform extension works:
    We will extend the platforms and platform canopies.

    Kikuna Station platform extension works:
    We will extend the platforms.

    Note: Platform extension works at Yokohama Station were completed in FY2010.
Recent delivery (2011.06.14) of new 5050-4000 series for the Tōyoko Line:


Source: krfj8000 on YouTube

The Tōyoko Line bridge above the JR tracks, just south of Shibuya Station. This will disappear soon with the undergrounding of the Tōyoko Line.


Source: railmanbros on YouTube

The already-extended Tōyoko Line / Minato Mirai Line platforms at Yokohama Station (2010.03.29):


Source: karibajct on YouTube
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Tōbu announces FY2011 infrastructure investment plan
http://www.tobu.co.jp/file/3787/110531.pdf

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At Tōbu Railway (HQ: Sumida Ward, Tōkyō), we will invest a total of ¥22 billion in infrastructure improvements in our railway business in FY2011, continuing advancement of safety measures, strengthening of our transport structure, upgrades and improvements to infrastructure and facilities, elevation works, and service improvement strategies in an effort to ensure a safe, convenient, and comfortable experience for our customers.

Safety measures
Grade crossing safety measures
At Tōbu, we completed installation of grade crossing obstruction alarm devices at all grade crossings on our lines by FY2007, and afterwards completed parallel installation of push buttons in FY2009 at all grade crossings that received automatic grade crossing obstruction alarm devices. In FY2011, as part of further improving the safety of grade crossings, we will move forward with works that will allow activation of automatic train stop equipment (grade crossing protection ATS) when the push buttons at grade crossings are pushed in the event of a problem at the crossing.

In addition, at crossings where automatic grade crossing obstruction alarm devices have been installed, we have already implemented coordination with the ATS equipment.

Station safety measures
In order to ensure more safe stations for our passengers, we will carry out installation of new train departure information and announcement equipment and platform fall / obstruction detection devices; installation of additional emergency stop buttons and under-platform emergency openings; and platform renovations at stations where there are height differences or gaps between the train and platform.

Strengthening of our transport structure
Development of a new train operations safety system for the Tōjō Line
We will introduce higher-performance ATC (automatic train control: devices that control train speed based on the location of trains ahead and behind) to replace the current ATS (automatic train stop) devices, and continue works on the Ikebukuro – Ogawamachi section of the Tōjō Line.

In addition to achieving a smoother speed control through track information (train-to-train distances, grades, etc.) obtained from in-train and wayside information transmission equipment, Tōbu ATC also features functional expandability for protection during obstruction of grade crossings and prevention of station stop pass-ups.

Upgrades and improvements to infrastructure and facilities
Upgrades and improvements to track and electrical facilities
We will further improve and strengthen basic infrastructure needed for operation of our railway business, strategically advancing disaster prevention measures for viaduct, long bridge, and embankment sections; track upgrades, including conversion of track to heavy-grade, continuously-welded rail and conversion of switches to flexible switch designs; renovation of aging station buildings, platform bridges, and platform canopies; and upgrades and improvements to electrical facilities.

In addition, at the Kami-Fukuoka feeder station, we will break ground on introduction of an energy-saving, environmentally-friendly electrical power storage device that will allow for the collection, storage, and efficient reuse of regenerated energy released by trains’ regenerative braking systems.

Production of replacement commuter rolling stock
We will manufacture two trains (20 cars) of our 50000 series, based on the concept of a user- and environmentally-friendly, energy-saving next-generation rolling stock. The 50000 series aims to reduce environmental impacts through barrier-free design, high energy efficiency, and low maintenance. Compared to the 8000 series trains they will replace, they consume approx. 40% less electricity.

Renovation of existing rolling stock
We will renovate 20 cars of our 10000 series commuter rolling stock, improving interior comfort and security while switching to CFC alternatives for train air conditioning units and implementing barrier-free upgrades such as wheelchair spaces and information displays.

Advancement of elevation works
Elevation works
  • Takenotsuka Station elevation works
    Urban planning decision was achieved on March 31, 2011. We are making preparations for urban planning project approval as soon as possible.
  • Isesaki Station elevation works
    A continuous grade-separation project is underway between Gōshi and Isesaki on the Isesaki Line as a Gunma Prefecture urban planning project. With the completion of this construction, Shin-Isesaki Station and Isesaki Station will become elevated stations, eliminating 13 grade crossings.
  • Shimizu Kōen – Umesato elevation works
    A continuous grade-separation project is underway between Shimizu Kōen and Umesato on the Noda Line as a Chiba Prefecture urban planning project. With the completion of this construction, Atago Station and Noda-shi Station will become elevated stations, eliminating 11 grade crossings.
Service improvements
Renovation of station facilities
  • Renovation of Narihirabashi Station
    In concert with the spring 2012 opening of the Tōkyō Sky Tree, we will rename the gateway station of Narihirabashi Station on the Isesaki Line to “Tōkyō Sky Tree Station”. In order to ensure a safe, comfortable, and pleasant experience for our many customers, we will install additional stairwells, install new escalators, relocate and upgrade elevators, expand the station concourse, increase the number of faregate entrances, and renovate the multi-functional restroom.
  • Renovation of Asakusa Station
    In coordination with the renovation and seismic reinforcement of the exterior walls of Asakusa Station—set to become the gateway to Tōkyō Sky Tree as well as Nikkō and Kinugawa—we will construct a new waiting room on the second-floor concourse and carry out renovation works to station facilities.
Refurbishment of limited express rolling stock
We will renovate the 100 series Spacia trains connecting Tōkyō Sky Tree (set to open in spring 2012) and our tourism bases in Asakusa and the Nikkō / Kinugawa area. In order to ensure a more pleasant ride, we will do a full-scale interior renovation of seats, car walls, and floor materials.
Tōbu 50000 series departs Shinrin Kōen. Must be new wire or something, as you can really hear the pantograph noise in this one.


Source: Kaisokukyukou1000 on YouTube

A tour (2011.03) around the unassuming Narihirabashi Station, set to become the gateway to the Tōkyō Sky Tree. Ever since Tōbu started construction of the Sky Tree, I think ridership at Narihirabashi has increased quite substantially, and nowadays there’s always lots of visitors out on the platform taking pictures.


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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:05 PM   #2710
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Keisei announces FY2011 infrastructure investment plan
http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/kouhou/news/23-005f.pdf

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At Keisei Electric Railway (HQ: Sumida Ward, Tōkyō; President: Hanada Tsutomu), we will invest ¥8.9 billion in infrastructure improvements in our railway business in FY2011, working to ensure safe operations and improve our customer service.

This fiscal year, we will strategically carry out seismic reinforcement of railway facilities and slope reinforcement, strengthening our measures against natural disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake and the recent torrential rain. In addition, in order to provide a stabilized source of electrical power for train operations, we will upgrade a portion of our transformer facilities. As part of a strengthening of our safety measures, we will also continue work this fiscal year on the continuous grade-separation of the Oshiage Line and upgrades to digital ATS (automatic train stop) systems. In addition, we will make efforts to further improve our customer service to ensure a more safe and pleasant experience, making our ticketless service for Skyliner reservations compatible with smartphones and renovating station restrooms.

The details of our FY2011 railway business infrastructure investment plan are below.

Total investment: ¥8.9 billion

Strengthening of safety measures
  1. Advancement of anti-disaster measures
    In order to strengthen our measures against natural disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake and the recent torrential rain, we will carry out seismic reinforcement works on station structures and viaducts, as well as strategically conduct track improvements and slope reinforcement. This fiscal year, we will conduct repair work on railway facilities that received damage in the earthquake, and carry out seismic reinforcement of station structures at Machiya Station, Senju Ōhashi Station, and Keisei Chiba Station and a portion of the aerial structure between Nippori and Aoto.
  2. Advancement of the Oshiage Line continuous grade-separation works
    Sumida Ward continuous grade-separation works (Oshiage – Yahiro, 1.5 km): We will carry out the switchout of the inbound track to temporary track and construct the new aerial structure.
    Katsushika Ward continuous grade-separation works (Yotsugi – Aoto, 2.2 km): We will carry out land acquisition and other tasks, and work to advance progress on the project.
  3. Improvement of ATS (automatic train stop) functionality
    In order to more fully realize safe train operations, this fiscal year we will continue upgrades to more secure digital ATS. This fiscal year, we are slated to switch to the new system between Yachiyodai and Narita Airport Terminal 2.
  4. Strengthening safety measures inside stations
    As a measure against platform falls, this fiscal year we will continue installing emergency alert buttons at five stations.
  5. Strengthening safety measures at grade crossings
    In order to completely prevent grade crossing accidents, we will carry out upgrades of automatic obstruction detection devices (2 locations) and install new grade crossing obstruction alert devices (9 locations).
  6. Upgrades to transformer facilities and equipment
    In order to provide a more stable source of electrical power for train operations, we will upgrade a portion of our transformer facilities and equipment.
Service improvements
  1. Station restroom renovation
    We will renovate station restrooms to ensure a more comfortable station experience (two stations).
  2. Upgrades to destination boards
    We will upgrade destination boards to easier-to-understand, new-type displays (two stations).
  3. Upgrades to TVMs and automatic faregates
    We will upgrade a portion of aging ticket vending machines (TVMs) and install wide-type automatic faregates.
  4. Installation of Braille station maps
    In order to ensure a comfortable station experience for our visually-impaired customers, we will install Braille station maps at three stations.
  5. Construction and upgrade of station retail
    In order to improve the convenience of stations, we will establish and upgrade in-station retail stores.
  6. Smartphone-friendly ticketing
    We will design our Skyliner reservation ticketless service to accept smartphones.
Environmental measures
Advancement of replacement to environmentally-friendly AC units
In regards to the CFCs used as a cooling medium in train AC units, we will switch to CFC alternatives that do not damage the ozone layer.
A tour around the almost one-year-old Narita Yukawa Station on the Narita Sky Access line:


Source: omiyaexpress on YouTube
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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:16 PM   #2711
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Lots of rail operators announced their plans at the same time. I guess this was a synchronized order from MLIT.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:28 PM   #2712
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Well, it's not really MLIT...

These are all private railway operators, so they usually do these types of press releases at the beginning of each fiscal year for investors and for the general riding public (to publicize their efforts). The start of the fiscal year is April in Japan, so April to May is when they usually issue the press release. I've just been a little late in translating all the documents.
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 06:42 PM   #2713
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Well, it's not really MLIT...

These are all private railway operators, so they usually do these types of press releases at the beginning of each fiscal year for investors and for the general riding public (to publicize their efforts). The start of the fiscal year is April in Japan, so April to May is when they usually issue the press release. I've just been a little late in translating all the documents.
Ah okay.

But all rail transport operators and their services (regardless of public and private) are still under the jurisdiction of MLIT right?
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Yes, MLIT has regulatory powers over railways.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 08:47 AM   #2715
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Suica / PASMO electronic money tops 2.5 million daily transactions
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2011/20110701.pdf

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On June 24, daily use of the electronic money functionality of transport IC farecards Suica and PASMO topped 2.5 million transactions (approx. 2.57 million transactions).

Since Suica’s electronic money service debuted in March 2004, we have introduced the service at tourist areas and convenience stores, restaurants, supermarkets, and vending machines in ekinaka (station retail) and machinaka (street retail) locations, helping to expand the use of electronic money transactions in every scene of everyday life.

In addition, PASMO’s electronic money service began in March 2007 together with the launch of interoperability with Suica, and the 11 PASMO electronic money acquirer companies (Odakyū Electric Railway, Keihin Electric Express Railway, Seibu Railway, Tōkyū Corporation, Tōkyō Metro, the Tōkyō Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, Tōbu Railway, Keiō Corporation, Keisei Electric Railway, Sagami Railroad, and Metropolitan Intercity Railway) have aimed to expand opportunies to use the service along their respective rail networks, working to provide the service for ekinaka, machinaka, and public transportation uses.

By continuing to expand opportunities for and convenience of use of the electronic money service, we hope to meet our customers’ needs.

Details

Suica / PASMO cards in circulation (as of end of May 2011): approx. 54.03 million

Suica: approx. 36.09 million (approx. 33.74 million electronic money-compatible cards)
PASMO: approx. 17.94 million
There was very strong growth in May in electronic money transactions, with the top six (pre-paid) card systems recording 184.12 million monthly transactions, a 14.1% increase over last year. Aeon’s WAON (48.30 million transactions, 27.1% increase) and JR East’s Suica (44.86 million transactions, 33.4% increase) were the primary contributors to this growth.

In addition to setting a new record for daily electronic money transactions, a new record for monthly electronic transactions was set in June, with 62.57 million transactions. The press release for that milestone gives new numbers for Suica / PASMO circulation:
Suica / PASMO cards in circulation (as of end of June 2011): approx. 54.44 million

Suica: approx. 36.33 million (approx. 33.98 million electronic money-compatible cards)
PASMO: approx. 18.11 million
Based on this, we can derive a monthly increase in card circulation in June:
Total: 410,000 cards
Suica: 240,000 cards
PASMO: 170,000 cards
New Suica CM with Kaho:


Source: autoxp012 on YouTube

The CM showcases JR East Water Business’ next-generation ACURE “smart” vending machines, with 47” full-screen LCD touch-panel. The machines are equipped with a camera and can visually detect a customer’s age and gender, and based on that offer recommended drinks to purchase. These are part of JR East’s expanding digital signage program, as the large screens can also be used for catchy adverts used on other digital signage installations. They had tested the machine at Shinagawa Station for a few months and now appear to be rolling them out at other major Tōkyō terminals:

Tōkyō MX news report (2010.08.10) on the start of the Shinagawa Station trial. The plan is to install 500 of these ACURE machines in the next two years in the Tōkyō area.

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Kagoshima City to operate “retro” tram
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/ne...OYT1T00290.htm

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Kagoshima City, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its tram network next year, will move forward with plans to produce and operate a “retro” tram targeting tourists.

The City is envisioning a train reminiscent of the wooden cars from the early Shōwa Era (1920s to 30s), and will decide on a detailed design by the end of the year, aiming to start running the retro tram in December 2012. City officials hope to draw railfans to the city and make the tram into a new tourism resource.

Kagoshima City’s trams opened for service in December 1912 (Taishō 1). In commemoration of the century milestone, the city’s Transportation Bureau is planning to operate the retro tram, and in April established an investigative committee to consider car design and other factors.

With the wooden trams that ran along city streets during the early years of the Shōwa Era as a model, the City will remodel a still-operable 600 series tram produced in the 1950s and 1960s. The 600 series has a rounded corners, and the City says its appearance is close to that the trams running during the early Shōwa Era.

The Transportation Bureau will decide on a design as early as this autumn. By April of next year, work will begin on refitting the tram. In order to better express the “retro” theme of the tram, there are plans to use woodgrain patterns in the interior of the train and use spherical light bulbs. The city included approx. ¥123 million in its budget for production costs for one retro tram.

The retro tram will be operated as a tourist tram, with citizen volunteers on board to serve as tourism guides, running approx. 10 km through the City out of Kagoshima Chūō Station. The Transportation Bureau says that it hopes to create a “design that remains in the memories of visitors who come to Kagoshima.”
Short tour of Kagoshima City’s tram system, including some of the recently-completed trackway greening and center pole conversions. With the completion of the Kyūshū Shinkansen’s Kagoshima route earlier this year, it’s now even easier to visit Kagoshima by train. The video is a bit too shaky, but there’s not many YouTube videos on these small systems. However, there’s some awesome street scenes towards the latter half.


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JR East will launch ATACS on Senseki Line starting September 25
http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/new...v/2011/07.html

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JAPAN: East Japan Railway confirmed on June 30 that it intends to put its Advanced Train Administration & Communications System into full revenue operation on the Senseki Line near Sendai with effect from September 25.

Following extensive development and test running using communications-based train control on the pilot section of the Senseki Line between Aoba-dori station in Sendai and Higashi-Shiogama, JR East had originally aimed to start regular operation with ATACS on March 27. However, many of the railway facilities and systems were heavily damaged by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, requiring postponement of the starting date.

Passenger services were restored to the Senseki Line in two phases during April and May, following repairs to the track and trains. Confirming that ‘our recovery work is being carried out smoothly according to schedule’, JR East was able to announce on June 30 that ‘the new starting date [for ATACS] will be on September 25’.

Damage to the ATACS equipment as a result of the tsunami had been limited to the destruction of poles carrying the leaky feeder radio communication cables near Higashi-Shiogama, inundation of the on-board control equipment on two EMU cars and water damage to equipment room facilities at one site. Radio antennae at six locations were damaged by the earthquake itself.

JR East still expects implement ATACS on the Senseki Line in two stages. This September will see the launch of the minimum functions required for train operations, including the core moving-block headway control. Additional ‘peripheral functions’ such as the control of level crossings and management of temporary speed restrictions will be introduced from 2012 onwards.
JR East press release is here:
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2011/20110619.pdf

Cab view on a B rapid on the JR Senseki Line from Matsushima Kaigan to Rikuzen Takasago:
Source: ezakicoo2 on YouTube

Part 1: Matsushima Kaigan to Hon-Shiogama
This section of the line reopened 2011.05.28.



Part 2: Hon-Shiogama to Rikuzen Takasago
Elevation works at Tagajō Station begin @ 2:45.

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TOKYO WONDERGROUND July posters

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Hey guys, I went for a long walk yesterday...started in Ebisu, shot down the the Meguro River into Naka-Meguro, than up into Daikanyama, Shibuya and Harajuku, before crossing town to Tokyo and Yurakucho to meet some friends.. Here are some of the better, train-related pics I took:

Save Energy! At the beginning of summer, air conditioning in the trains was at a minimum; it was unbearable on crowded, hot trains. They've since cranked up the AC. Also, sometimes the inside lights were off on railway trains, so when you went through a tunnel it was pitch black!


Yamanote Line tracks next to Ebisu Garden Palace




Tokyu Toyoko Line/Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line tracks near Naka-Meguro Station. Note the train heading underground onto the Hibiya Line.




This is a tunnel on the Tokyu Toyoko Line between Daikanyama and Naka-Meguro stations.










Same tunnel, view from above:




Naka-Meguro station; you can kind of see a lot of work is being done to prepare for 2012.


















Toyoko Line tracks looking towards Shibuya.




Minato Mirai Line train set:


JR tracks near Shibuya station:










I think this guy is mascot of an energy drink. If you're not familiar with Tokyo, ads go onto the outside of the trains in the form of giant stickers. To be honest, I've only seen this on Yamanote Line trains:




JR Yoyogi station:




JR Yotsuya station:


One of the new domes on Tokyo Station! I was pleasently surprised to get a quick glance at this. I can't wait until they are done with the work. Next, they got to get a canopy over the tracks like they have in Osaka...




JR Yurakucho Station:


Not train related, but transportation related. Bikes are important to the Japanese; everyone owns one. Many people choose to commute, partially (to a train station. etc.) or solely by bicycle. When I lived in Tokyo (I live in Yokohama now), I commuted daily by bike. It's great exercise, feels good and you get to avoid crowded trains. It's also faster and cheaper than public transportation. Anyway, bike culture (like all trends) is huge in Tokyo. Bikes like this fixed gear bike are all over Tokyo. Many of the frames are track racing (Keirin) frames. Keirin was invented in Japan and most of the best, lightweight frames come from here. They are easy to find, but expensive, running into the thousands of dollars. They are sought after by hipster 20-somethings around the world who come to Japan solely to buy track frames and parts:

Anyway, if you ever find yourself living in Tokyo or Japan at all, I recommend getting a bike. You're free to go anywhere you can pedal and you get to see everything along the way; in trains or buses, your vision of the environment you're in is limited. You don't have to worry about parking a bike either since they are compact. Because of cycling, I know Tokyo's geography like the back of my hand.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 06:26 AM   #2720
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Awesome! Good quality, too.
You covered a lot of ground.

Daikan'yama is a nice station... It's got a "tucked-in-a-corner" kind of feeling. No major roads, you just walk outside the station and you're in the midst of a quiet, trendy little neighborhood. The terrain and the pedestrian bridges also make it a bit interesting.

I hadn't realized that the domes at Tōkyō Station were visible now... It seems like that side of the station has been under-construction forever...
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