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Old September 8th, 2011, 09:39 AM   #2901
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JR East announces details of remaining Tōkyō Station restoration work

At JR East, we are carrying out improvements to the urban environment in the districts surrounding Tōkyō Station as part of Tōkyō Station City, developing a station / neighborhood with a diverse appeal and cutting-edge functionalities befitting the “face” of the national capital, Tōkyō.

This press release is to notify the public that we have recently determined the approximate scheduled opening date and details of preservation and restoration works of the Marunouchi Station Building of Tōkyō Station—the most noteworthy facility in Tōkyō Station City—as well as the approximate scheduled completion date of the Phase 2 work of the Yaesu Exit development.

Preservation and restoration of the Marunouchi Station Building of Tōkyō Station
In regards to the Marunouchi Station Building of Tōkyō Station, designated as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, we have been carrying out the preservation and restoration works since we began construction work in May 2007, at the same time maintaining the station’s functions and securing passenger safety. After completion, the station building will serve as a historical building that also secures a high level of comfort, contributing to the development of an elegant urban environment for the national capital, Tōkyō.
  • After restoration, the station building will be used primarily for station facilities, a hotel, and a station gallery similar to the existing station building.
  • We will install a JR East Travel Service Center providing services tailored for customers visiting from overseas.
  • For the station gallery, we will improve both the display space and facilities, creating a pleasant exhibition facility that also allows visitors an even more intimate experience with the Important Cultural Property that is the Marunouchi Station Building.
  • The hotel inside the station building will take advantage of the strengths of being located within an Important Cultural Property, and will be designed as a hotel that harmonizes history and advancement, befitting Japan’s central station.
Approximate scheduled opening dates:
1. Station facilities (portion only): June 2012
2. JR East Travel Service Center: October 1, 2012 (Monday)
3. Tōkyō Station Gallery: October 1, 2012 (Monday)
4. Tōkyō Station Hotel: October 3, 2012 (Wednesday)
The exterior of the restored station building (north and south domes, third-floor exterior walls, roofs, etc.) will be visible in late March 2012. The exterior illumination scheme is scheduled to start in October 2012.

Tōkyō Station Yaesu Exit Development Phase 2
In the Yaesu area of Tōkyō Station, Phase 1 work (GranTōkyō North Tower Phase 1, GranTōkyō South Tower) was completed in late October 2007, and we have been executing Phase 2 work (GranTōkyō North Tower Phase 2, central section / GranRoof) and construction of the Yaesu Exit Station Plaza.

Approximate scheduled completion dates:
North Tower Phase 2 (department store expansion): Late August 2012
Central section and GranRoof: Autumn 2013
The opening date of the department store (Daimaru Tōkyō store) and the central section retail will be announced separately. The Yaesu Exit Station Plaza is scheduled for completion in autumn 2014.


Preservation and restoration of the Marunouchi Station Building of Tōkyō Station
Regarding the exterior and interior of the station building
  • We will restore the third floor and north and south domes of the Marunouchi Station Building, preserving and making active use of the existing portions as much as possible.
  • The interior view and reliefs in the north and south domes are being restored to their original configuration at the time of the building’s completion based on photographs and blueprints from that period.

    Japanese motifs are found in abundance in the decorative designs of the dome interior. Architect Tatsuno Kingo called for the ornamentation to “appeal to Japanese tastes.” The color for the reliefs was decided based on examinations of monochrome pictures from the time the building was completed, as well as references in documents of the time that described the “tone of the color” as “bright” and a “yellow-egg plaster”.

    Floral decoration reliefs:
    Surrounding the central ornamentation of the dome roofs are a pattern of reliefs of floral decorations featuring clematis, with 16 such reliefs in each of the north and south domes.

    Eagle-shaped reliefs:
    The eagle reliefs located in the eight corners of the dome roofs have a wingspan of approx. 2.1 m, with eight such reliefs in each of the north and south domes.

    Chinese zodiac reliefs:
    The sculptures located at eight corners of the dome wall reliefs are reliefs of the Chinese zodiac, with eight branches out of the 12 total branches of the zodiac, each placed in the respective direction they represent. Clockwise from north to south: ox (NNE), tiger (ENE), dragon (ESE), snake (SSE), sheep (SSW), monkey (WSW), dog (WNW), and boar (NNW). The four branches for the four cardinal directions—rat (N), hare (E), horse (S), and rooster (W)—are not depicted.

  • As much as possible, the natural-slate roof tiles make use of domestic slate that withstood the tsunami of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and have been placed in symbolic locations in the north and south domes and the central part of the station building.

Illumination scheme for the restored Marunouchi Station Building (debut scheduled for October 2012)
  • Together with the opening, we will debut an illumination scheme designed by lighting designer Mende Kaoru.
  • We are aiming for an environmentally-friendly illumination scheme, with LEDs used for all of the illumination devices in the illumination scheme.

    The illumination scheme is scheduled to be active from sunset until 21:00.
Details of the JR East Travel Service Center
We will establish a JR East Travel Service Center, with the aim of a facility providing a complete set of services tailored to passengers visiting Japan from overseas.

Name: JR East Travel Service Center
Scheduled opening: October 1, 2012 (Monday)
Operating lead: JR East
Facility details:
  • Travel counter (redemption of JR East Passes and distribution of ticket products)
  • Tourism information center
  • Foreign currency exchange, ATM
  • Baggage and related services center

Tōkyō Station Gallery details
With the hope of providing a station that also serves as a rich cultural forum instead of only a passing point on a journey, we created the Tōkyō Station Gallery in 1988. Since 2006, the gallery has been temporarily closed, but after the ongoing preservation and restoration of the Marunouchi Station Building, visitors will now be able to enjoy more complete and fulfilling exhibits.

Name: Tōkyō Station Gallery
Concept: A small but full-fledged art museum
Scheduled opeing: October 1, 2012 (Monday)
Operating lead: East Japan Railway Culture Foundation (Director: Ōtsuka Mutsutake, JR East Chairman and Director)
Facility summary: First floor: Entrance; Second floor: Display room; Third floor: Display room (approx. 2,900 sq m)
  • A “historic” second floor where visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of the original brick walls from the time of the building’s completion.
  • A “modern” third floor, with a display room featuring new, modern walls.
  • Open passageways in the middle of the display course that afford visitors views of people moving through the station and the restored domes.
Display material: We are planning about five exhibitions a year focusing primarily on modern art, architecture, and design.

(Left) Second-floor display room
(Right) Third-floor display room

The Tōkyō Station Hotel details
The former Tōkyō Station Hotel opened in 1915 and was beloved by many guests during its history, but was temporarily closed in March 2006 for the preservation and restoration works for the Marunouchi Station Building. Preparations are currently underway for the new Tōkyō Station Hotel, which will begin a new history as a unique hotel that incorporates the dignity, stateliness, and accumulated histories of a station building designated as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government, as well as the functionality demanded by a modern hotel.

Name: The Tōkyō Station Hotel
Scheduled opening: October 3, 2012 (Wednesday)
Facility details:
  • Area: 20,800 sq m
  • Rooms: 150 (86 twin, 64 double); Standard guest room: Approx. 40 sq m (50 rooms)
  • Event spaces: 3 (Main event space: 288 sq m; Small event spaces: 110 sq m, 80 sq m)
  • Restaurants: French cuisine, Japanese cuisine, Chinese cuisine, bar, lounge, etc.
  • Other: Spa and fitness, etc.
Primary hotel interior design firm: Richmond International (HQ: UK)

Hotel features:
The interior of the hotel is a comfortable design that incorporates modern design elements while maintaining harmony with the European Classic style of the station building exterior.

[i]The refined hotel lobby, which features impressive marble flooring, a fireplace that expresses the warmth of our hospitality, and furnishings in subdued tones.

Characteristic high-ceilings and tall windows. An English lobby lounge with a subdued design that makes guests forget the hustle and bustle of the station.

The guest rooms, designed in the pursuit of functionality and comfort, feature an airy ceiling height and tall windows, as well as refined furnishings, variable lighting, and broadbad Internet.

The guest-exclusive lounge uses a large space on the fourth floor, with natural light shining down through the skylight.

Tōkyō Station Yaesu Exit Development Phase 2
Facility details
Together with our project partners (Mitsui Fudōsan Co., Ltd.; Kajima Yaesu Development Co.; Yaesu Investment SPC), we are executing the Tōkyō Station Yaesu Exit Development Project in the Yaesu area, with the aim of creating a new face for the national capital Tōkyō and a new hub for the global city. We are moving forward with construction, with the aim of creating a new urban environment that incorporates environmentally-friendly measures (rainwater reuse for watering plants, green walls, etc.).

Shaded sections are part of Phase 2.

Retail operations
Retail operations for the central part / GranRoof will be carried out by Tetsudō Kaikan Co., Ltd. (President and Representative Director: Nozaki Tetsuo), which operates the Tōkyō Station ekichika (station underground) retail facility GranSta, the North Court’s GranSta Dining, and surrounding facilities such as Kurobei Yokochō and Kitchen Street.

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Yaesu Exit Station Plaza
The Yaesu Exit Station Plaza will be a rich green, environmental plaza featuring trees and plants throughout, while retaining the vestiges of Edo Castle through the placement of fragments of the stone wall of the former outer castle moat. In addition, we will expand the depth of the station plaza, strengthening the transport hub functionality of the terminal station.

Plan details:
Area: Approx. 10,700 sq m
Bus zones: 13
Taxi zones: 4
Taxi pool: 50 cars

View of entire station plaza

Render from Sotobori-dōri

Can’t wait until everything is finished… The renderings look good both inside and outside. Definitely a different type of terminal complex than Ōsaka Station City, but nice in its own right.
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New station on Tōkaidō Line between Ōfuna and Fujisawa would cost ¥10 billion

In regards to the new station envisioned on the JR Tōkaidō Line between Ōfuna and Fujisawa Stations, the Shōnan District Improvements Liaison Commission, composed of Kanagawa Prefecture, Fujisawa City, and Kamakura City, compiled a project study report that includes an estimated project cost of ¥9.9 billion to ¥10.9 billion. If the three parties can reach an agreement regarding how to allocate the costs, they plan to file a request for the establishment of the new station with the Prefectural Government and JR East.

According to the study report, the location being considered for a new station is in Miyamae, Fujisawa City, near the border between Fujisawa and Kamakura Cities.

Two alternatives are assumed: an island platform alternative that constructs the platform between the inbound and outbound tracks, and a side platforms alternative that constructs separate platforms for each of the inbound and outbound tracks. Either alternative would involve construction of a public passage spanning across the platforms, with an estimated cost of ¥10.9 billion for the island platform configuration and ¥9.9 billion for the side platform configuration.

The costs also include the station plaza structures (approx. 10,000 sq m), featuring bus and taxi boarding areas, to be constructed on both sides of the station.

The scale and project costs for the station are based on the assumption of total daily boardings and alightings of approx. 90,000, derived in 2008 as part of an evaluation of the proposed station. The commission says that the upcoming issues of concern are a re-evaluation of the ridership numbers, a more accurate evaluation of the scale of the station, and discussion and coordination with the railway operator (JR East), critical to the project.

If the Prefectural Government and two cities can form a basic agreement to establish the new station, they will establish an alliance for promoting the establishment of a new station and formally file a request with JR East to establish the station. The three parties will enter into specific evaluation in support of the project, including urban planning for the area surrounding the station.
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Replacement of six-door cars on Yamanote Line complete

A quiet, almost uneventful end to one of the more unique elements of the Yamanote Line. The last two cars, part of the “top number” Unit Tō-501, were retired after the end of service on 2011.08.31. This unit returned to service on 2011.09.04 with new four-door cars for Car No. 7 and Car No. 10. However, taking the positives from this outcome, this is an indication that railway service has improved substantially from the days of 300% crowding, and passengers should generally be happy. We can now begin to look forward to full-out platform door installations on the Yamanote Line platforms.

Video from 2011.08.29 at Tōkyō and Nippori:

Source: tiyodalain on YouTube

In reality however, the seats were no longer being locked during rush hours. The last day of “standee-only” operations was 2010.02.19:

Source: karibajct on YouTube

There’s also still a few lines that use six-door cars, including the JR Chūō–Sōbu Local Line, Saikyō Line, and Yokohama Line, as well as the Tōkyū Den’en Toshi Line (2011.04.16):

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JR East to launch trial in-train Wi-Fi information service for smartphones on Yamanote Line

At JR East, we have been carrying out research and development aimed at improving the comfort inside trains in an effort to “realize improvements in customer satisfaction” as expressed in our Group Business Vision 2020.

Usage of smartphones has been increasing year after year, while a high-speed, broadband data transmission environment is gradually being implemented at the same time.

Currently, we have developed a system to distribute information in real-time to passengers’ smartphones while inside the train, including train status and related information based on the passengers’ current position, as well as information about stations and neighborhoods along the rail line.

We will now begin tests on the Yamanote Line of an information provision service based on this system. By having our customers use the test service, we will carry out an evaluation and examination of the service’s contents, in preparation for a permanent rollout of the service.

Goals of the R&D
At JR East, we have already introduced on many of our lines an information provision service for all passengers on board our trains using LED (light-emitting diode) and liquid crystal displays installed inside trains.

This latest R&D project provides real-time information to passengers’ smartphones while inside the train. The information is localized, and changes based on the passenger’s location. Thanks to a system currently being developed, we can provide a variety of detailed information tailored to the needs of each and every passenger, including information which many passengers have already requested that we provide. The system also provides information to help streamline passenger alighting movements.

Details of the service trial on the Yamanote Line
We will equip our infoPiC in-train personal information provision system, designed and developed by our Frontier Services Laboratory, on one train on the Yamanote Line. infoPiC stands for Information Providing System for Individual Customers, and is the name of our system developed to provide detailed information to passengers’ mobile phone units while on board the train. The system is composed of an on-board server and wireless LAN access points, collecting the required data from the train’s data control device and transmitting the data to passengers’ smartphones.

For approximately one month starting Tuesday, October 4, 2011 (scheduled), we will conduct a test of the Yamanote Line Trainnet information provision service based on this system. During the trial period, passengers who board the train equipped with this system will be able to use the service on their smartphones.

Based on surveys of passengers who used the service and other data, we will evaluate and examine the contents provided through the service, aiming to develop a permanent rollout in the future.

Primary services to be provided in this test
Railway related information:
  • Train status: Information regarding delays and service disruptions on all lines in the Greater Tōkyō area
  • Station and transfer guidance: A list of the stations served by the train and the estimated travel time to each station, as well as guidance on the platform facilities and interchanging lines at each station
  • In-train conditions: Level of crowding and interior temperature inside each car of the train
Marketing related information:
  • News relevant to neighborhoods along the line
  • Comics, novels, and movies
  • Campaign information and coupons for ekinaka (station retail) shops
  • Video advertisements in conjunction with the Train Channel system
Another interesting development from JR East. I hadn’t realized that the on-board information system kept track of the level of crowding inside the cars, and now both this data and the temperature inside cars will be easily available. Should simplify the process of choosing which car to board, and if it catches on, could spread out the passenger load more evenly within each consist.

Images from the press release:

Currently, passengers typically rely on the in-train LED / LCD units and signage, as well as websites, to obtain their desired information. Now, passengers will be able to receive real-time information and more detailed information through their smartphones based on their current position within the train. They will also be able to receive location-specific news and other content not directly related to train operations or service.

The travel-time diagrams (left) and news (right) are updated based on the position of the train.
Approaching Shinagawa, the information distributed is related to Shinagawa.

Approaching Tōkyō:

From left to right:
Home screen
Train status
Station map / layout guidance
Car information

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Old September 10th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #2906
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Is anyone able to explain what this is about?

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft...
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What measures have they specifically taken to bring down crowding on the Yamanote Line?
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Is anyone able to explain what this is about?

Faked video, pause it when the train in the middle and you see where they have cut away the rest of the train.
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Originally Posted by Winged Robot View Post
What measures have they specifically taken to bring down crowding on the Yamanote Line?
In comparatively recent history:

Direct improvements to Yamanote Line:
1990.03.10: Introduction of six-door cars
1991.12.01: Introduction of an additional six-door car in each train, converting from 10-car to 11-car formations
2007.03.18: Introduction of D-ATC (one additional train added during morning rush hour)

Other improvements that benefitted Yamanote Line:
1986.03.03: Introduction of regular passenger train service onto Yamanote Freight Line, extension of Saikyō Line from Ikebukuro to Shinjuku
2001.12.01: Start of operations of Shōnan‒Shinjuku Line
2002.12.01: Extension of Saikyō Line from Shinjuku to Ōsaki
2008.06.14: Extension of Tōkyō Metro Fukutoshin Line from Ikebukuro to Shibuya
2013.??.??: Opening of Tōhoku Through Line, extension of Takasaki Line / Utsunomiya Line / Jōban Line from Ueno to Tōkyō, and start of through-service with Tōkaidō Line

Not listed are the other subway extensions (starting as early as the 60s / 70s) through the Yamanote Line ring and the initiation of through-services with JR and private railways, which eliminated the need for passengers to transfer at the corresponding terminal station on the Yamanote Line.
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So is the hotel inside the Tokyo station?
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Thanks. I didn't know were that many improvements to relieve pressure on the Yamanote Line. All are definitely needed.
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Yes, I think you can say the hotel is "inside" the station, although it's not within the paid area. It probably qualifies for that title more than other "station hotels" like the one inside JR Ōsaka Station.
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trains from Japan now on their way to the Philippines...

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Sa tinag ni MR Inoue sakin na japanese blog
Kiha 52 and 59 ang nasa shipment
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September 09, 2011 (Friday)

Kiha 52, shipping Beetle

Niigata after work to East Point. Last week at 203 type and 52 Kiha
Both vehicles were lined up 40.
203 series has all gone on both 30 and both are left Kiha 52 3
Only that.

"Beetle" was the Kiha and 52 shipping.

52 Kiha both on the boat 3.

"Beetle" were both in line three.

Time to slow down this place, within which to take sunset. With
Fence that could not have a tripod, so every fence.

52 Kiha darkened ship. This vehicle has been active only in the mountains
First up will the sea approached.

I have seen only 6 cars to suit Kiha 52, in the shadow of the land
And did. It was felt that more work ends at sundown tomorrow
Seems to follow. Morning, let's go.
BF for VP!!

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My few thoughts (at the risk of going OT)...

I do not believe there is a dearth of landmark-quality places in Tōkyō... The Shibuya scramble, Kaminarimon / Sensōji Temple, the Imperial Palace just to name a few... Even hidden treasures like Tsukiji Honganji and Hamarikyū. Tōkyō also lost a lot of buildings during the air raids, so much of the architectural heritage that it had is now gone. If people outside of Japan do not know, then it is mostly a branding / marketing exercise, which while important, is only one element of making a great or "global" city. I think Dubai is a good example that "monumentalism" is not necessarily the solution.

Second, how much of people's perceptions are shaped by our perspective and our past experiences? Correct me if I am wrong, but all of us in this discussion come from an American (U.S.) perspective... The history we learn in school, the images we see on TV, etc. are American- (and to a lesser extent, Euro-) centric. Thus, it is only natural that when someone says "London", "Paris", "Rome" that images and concepts that have been associated with these cities by a sort of "manufactured" history and tradition immediately spring to mind. However, we rarely talk about "Tōkyō" per se, more about "Japan", if at all. Same with "India" and "China".
Well from the American perspective, everyone knows that Japan, China and Korea are the same lol. No but seriously it's annoying when I go home and people ask me about 'my life in China'. If it's that easy for people to mix up Japan and China, I guess there really isn't anything that striking here to make a distinct impression on people's minds.
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How did Sapporo overcome the loading guage of rubber-tyred metro, for its metros appear heavy-duty, e.g., broad cars? I've understood that rubber-tyred metros must limit the weight of trains + passengers, otherwise the tyres wouldn't be capable of all the extra weight that Sapporo's fleets seem quite capable of accommodating.
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All of Sapporo's subway stock (since opening in 1972) have light weight aluminum carbodies.
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JICA agrees to help fund Kochi Metro

KOCHI: The much-awaited Kochi Metro Rail project has emerged out of a major cloud of uncertainty with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) agreeing to provide nearly 52 per cent of its estimated Rs 4,427 crores cost.

They have agreed to provide the fund as loan and have included the project in their next year's funding programmes. We are waiting for the Central clearance for going ahead with the plans to avail the loan,'' Tom Jose, Managing Director of the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) told TOI on Tuesday.

He said the move to avail a loan from JICA is based on the assessment that their funding cost is lower than what is being offered by many similar international lending institutions, and much lower than the domestic rates. It charges less than three per cent including non-interest components, while even World Bank charges over five per cent interest.

The JICA loan has a repayment period of 30 years and they have also agreed to provide 10 years of moratorium on repayment. "No Indian funding institution will be ready to lend us money on such attractive interest rates and terms," Jose said.

JICA is already funding the Jalanidhi drinking water supply project in Kerala.

KMRL and Kerala government are insisting on Centre's equity participation in the project because that would step up its credit rating. It would also make other processes like provision of sovereign guarantee for global funding easier, Jose explained. We have requested for 15 per cent equity participation by the Centre. However, the Centre says it is even ready to provide 20 per cent of project cost as a grant but will not engage in equity participation,'' he revealed.

Asked about the Centre's reluctance on equity participation, he said, "apparently they are not convinced of the economic feasibility of the project." Jose was confident that the project could break even in 20 years even with a fare level between Rs 10 and Rs 30, even after taking into account the possibility of the project cost going up to Rs 5,000 crores.
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries APM system begins operation at Miami International

Tokyo, September 9, 2011 - The MIA Mover Automated People Mover (APM) system for Miami International Airport (MIA), which Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc.(MHIA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has been building, was completed and will begin operation on September 9 (U.S. time). The MIA Mover is two-kilometers long and runs between the stations at MIA and Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), an off-airport multi-modal transportation center. The trip takes approximately four minutes, replacing the previously existing bus service which passengers were using, and supports mobility of an ever-increasing number of passengers.

MHIA received an order for the MIA Mover project in September 2008 with support from Sumitomo Corporation and completed the project in three years. MHIA was responsible for integration of the entire APM system, including installation work. MHI provided the basic design and supplied the APM cars and signalling system. The MIA Mover represents fourth APM system implemented by MHI for the US market, following successful APMs at the Miami International Airport North Terminal and at Washington Dulles and Atlanta International Airports. For the MIA Mover, MHIA is also under a five-year contract to perform operation and maintenance work for the system.

The APM is a driverless, fully-automated passenger transport system. The eco-friendly system, which is driven by electric power, also features rubber-tired vehicles providing low-noise and a smooth and comfortable ride.

Outside of the US, MHI has received APM orders for urban transportation systems including the Senkang/Punggol Lines in Singapore as well as for several airports throughout the world including Hong Kong, Singapore (Changi), Korea (Incheon) and UAE (Dubai). Furthermore, MHI received an order for 108 new cars for the Yurikamome Waterfront Line in Tokyo in June 2010 and the Macau Light Rapid Transit system in March 2011. With this robust track record, MHI has established a leading position in the global APM market.

As we move forward into the future, MHI aims to further boost its continued marketing activities for APM systems for airports and urban transportation networks, worldwide.

Not-so-great quality, but I suppose there’s not much interest on YouTube for airport APMs:

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries celebrates Dubai Metro Green Line opening

Tokyo, September 13, 2011 - The Dubai Metro, a fully automated, driverless rail system serving transportation needs in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), inaugurated a new Green Line on September 9. The line was constructed by an international consortium including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), three other Japanese companies - Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), Obayashi Corporation and Kajima Corporation - and Yapi Merkezi Insaat ve Sanayi A.S. of Turkey. The Green Line, which represents the second phase of the Dubai Metro construction project, runs a distance of 23 kilometers through the old city along Dubai Creek, a densely populated area. Initially the line commences operations with 18 stations, excluding two stations yet to open. Together with the interconnecting Red Line that went into operation in September 2009 at two stations, the two lines will serve transportation needs throughout Dubai's urban center.

To celebrate the launch of the Green Line, a ceremony hosted by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, took place on September 9. Distinguished guests from the UAE included His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and numerous governmental officials. Attendees from Japan included: Tadashi Nagashima, General Manager of MHI's Transportation System & Advanced Technology Division; Shigeaki Yoshikawa, Senior Vice President of MC; and Kotaro Nonaka, Executive Officer of Obayashi.

The Dubai Metro is the world's longest driverless rail system, with a total length of approximately 75 kilometers. It consists of the Red Line, the focus of Phase I construction, which runs between Dubai International Airport and Jebel Ali, a new area under development along the coast, and the newly inaugurated Green Line. The network will substantially ease Dubai's traffic congestion stemming from rapid population growth.

The five-partner Japanese-Turkish consortium has supplied the rail system and performed related civil and construction work since the start of Phase I construction work in August 2005. MHI and MC supplied the complete rail system, including rolling stock, automatic train control system, power supply system and rail tracks; and Obayashi, Kajima and Yapi Merkezi together constructed the tunnels, station buildings and substructures for elevated rail tracks. The consortium completed the six-year construction project as contracted, enabling revenue service to begin on schedule.

Many other transportation infrastructure projects are currently being planned in the Middle East region, including rail projects in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. Leveraging the completion of the Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines, going forward MHI now intends to proactively seek involvement in these other projects in the region.
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All of Sapporo's subway stock (since opening in 1972) have light weight aluminum carbodies.
Do you know if Sapporo drew from the French, or did they/the Japanese start from scratch at putting together their own rubber-tyred traction?

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How did Sapporo overcome the loading guage of rubber-tyred metro, for its metros appear heavy-duty, e.g., broad cars? I've understood that rubber-tyred metros must limit the weight of trains + passengers, otherwise the tyres wouldn't be capable of all the extra weight that Sapporo's fleets seem quite capable of accommodating.
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