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Old August 31st, 2009, 09:58 AM   #341
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JR East expands non-smoking area
http://www.asahi.com/national/update...908280315.html

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On August 28, JR East announced that it will designate an additional 144 stations in the Capital Region as non-smoking starting October 1. With the 234 stations that have already been designated as non-smoking, 30 lines and 378 stations within approximately 70 km of Tōkyō will have had their ashtrays removed. However, smoking rooms will remain on Shinkansen platforms.

According to JR East, after many passengers requested more preventative action against secondhand smoke, the company made the decision to expand the non-smoking area. In particular, all stations in Kanagawa Prefecture will become non-smoking, in preparation for the first secondhand smoke prevention ordinance in the nation to go into effect next April.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:00 AM   #342
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Frequency on Keihanna Line extension to increase
http://www.tetsudo.com/news/421/%E8%...2%97%E7%99%BA/
http://www.kintetsu.jp/news/files/keihanna20090812.pdf

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Kinki Nippon Railway (Kintetsu Corporation) will implement schedule changes to the Keihanna Line.

The new schedule increases trains during the morning rush hour running between Ikoma Station and Gakken – Nara Tomigaoka Station. Currently, only 11 trains are scheduled to depart Gakken – Nara Tomigaoka Station from 7:00 to 8:30 am, but the new schedule almost doubles that number to 21. The new trains will be timed to replace trains that had previously entered service at Ikoma Station, maintaining frequencies west of Ikoma.

The Keihanna Line is an 18.8 km line connecting Nagata Station in Higashi-Ōsaka City, Ōsaka Prefecture and Gakken – Nara Tomigaoka Station in Nara City, running through-service with the Ōsaka Municipal Subway Chūō Line. The section between Ikoma and Gakken – Nara Tomigaoka, which opened in 2006, has seen increasing ridership from residential developments and passengers switching from buses.
Some stations on the 2006 extension of the Keihanna Line:

Shiraniwadai (6,700 daily entries and exits)

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Gakken – Kita-Ikoma (5,900 daily entries and exits)

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Gakken – Nara Tomigaoka (11,000 daily entries and exits)

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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:02 AM   #343
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MLIT to provide funding for “community stations”
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/...701000025.html

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On August 27, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced a decision to provide railway companies and local governments with funding starting in 2010 to develop “community stations,” which would construct nurseries and daycare facilities for the elderly inside railway stations. Construction of community social facilities and libraries inside stations will also receive financial assistance in MLIT’s strategy to develop stations into “centers of local communities.”

As part of compact urban design that takes advantage of public transport facilities and is amenable to the elderly and parents raising children, the MLIT envisions several candidate projects in the first year located throughout Japan. Funding will be combined with existing funding for Railway Station General Improvement projects used to renovate station concourses, with a total budgetary request of ¥600 million included in the MLIT’s proposed budget for 2010.

The policy is specifically aimed at projects that would combine construction of daycare facilities or other public functions inside stations with large-scale station renovations such as replacements of station buildings. The MLIT would provide one-third of the project costs to a committee consisting of representatives from the railway company, local government, and the public. The policy would also subsidize the construction of vehicle and bicycle parking for facility users.

In addition to the proposed plan, the federal aid structure for increasing the accessibility of stations is also expanding. When using space beneath elevated railway structures for local community purposes, the MLIT will fund one-third of the project cost directly to the railway company.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:03 AM   #344
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Children’s art debuts inside Tsukuba Express train
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/ib...702000106.html

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A special “Kids’ Art Museum Train,” featuring artwork by children based on the theme of the Tsukuba Express (TX), entered service August 24 to celebrate the anniversary of the TX’s opening. The train will run until September 6.

The project has become a tradition since the start of service four years ago. Starting with responses from Ibaraki Prefecture, as well as Tōkyō, Saitama, and Chiba, a total of 1,453 submissions were received, of which 150 were selected for display inside the train.

The artwork is ripe with creativity and includes one piece showing a TX train running in outer space. Families of children whose pieces were selected were invited to the first run of the museum train, departing from Akihabara. Children were ecstatic to see their artwork on display inside the train.

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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:05 AM   #345
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Stations double as polling stations

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/el...1906023-n1.htm
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The Matsumoto City (Nagano Prefecture) Election Administration Committee announced on August 30 that early voters across the city were 1.9 times the figure for the previous election, rising to 26,668 (14.73 percent of the total voter population). Among these included 7,467 voters who filled out their ballots at the newly created early-voting station inside JR Matsumoto Station.

“In addition to increased voting rates across the country, there was definitely a benefit from installing a polling venue inside the station,” remarked the Committee in regards to the increase.

http://www.asahi.com/politics/update...908280384.html

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With election day for the House of Representatives races approaching, many voters have decided to place their votes in early. On August 28 alone, approximately 1,800 voters turned up at the early-voting station inside Fuchū Station on the Keiō Line (Fuchū City, Tōkyō).

In an effort to help increase voting rates, the polling place inside the station was established five years ago during elections for the House of Councillors seats. During the previous House of Representatives elections in 2005, the polling station recorded an average of only 1,300 voters a day. This time around, the number is 1,600 voters a day, hinting at stronger awareness among voters in this election.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:09 AM   #346
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Kōnosu City will move into redevelopment building at Kōnosu Station
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/sa...702000142.html

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Kōnosu City has announced that it will purchase new first-floor space and the parking structure inside elumi Kōnosu Annex, a redevelopment building at the East Exit of JR Kōnosu Station. Up until now, no buyers had been identified for the building, but Kōnosu City will move the Main Branch of the city library into the purchased space. The city will also provide ¥500 million at no interest to the redevelopment project association, which needs to pay off substantial debt as the project lead. The city included approximately ¥1.347 billion in budget needs related to the redevelopment building in its September revised budget.

After completion of the project, the city had planned to sell the entire building to real estate firm Zephyr, but the company went bankrupt last September. The redevelopment association has been unable to find a new buyer for the building despite mounting debt.

The building is five stories, with a sports gym and cinema complex on the second floor and above, but the first floor, consisting of approximately 1,070 sq m of restaurant space, remained empty. The city will purchase the space in combination with the parking facility and convert it into a library. “The economic situation is precarious, and finding a private tenant for the space is difficult. The current Main Branch of the library is not very user-friendly, so the new facility should increase convenience for all visitors,” says the city.
Kōnosu Station is a station on the JR Takasaki Line and Shōnan-Shinjuku Line in Saitama Prefecture, with 20,100 daily entries in 2008.

West Exit of the station

Source: Wikipedia

East Exit of the station, showing the first phase of the elumi Kōnosu redevelopment project and the bus plaza below. The first phase consists of a condominium tower and shopping mall and was completed in October 2007. It is directly connected to the station by pedestrian deck. The second phase, the Annex, was completed in May 2008.

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Shōnan-Shinjuku Line (Tōkaidō Line through) from Kita-Kōnosu to Kitamoto, on an E231 series. This one has really good audio and you can hear the inverter. The Takasaki Line and Shōnan-Shinjuku Line are mid- to long-distance commuter trains, so some of the trains feature some transverse seating.


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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:12 AM   #347
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Mitsubishi to test electric bus in Kyōto
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/...901000631.html

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On August 29, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi-Fusō Truck and Bus Corporation announced that they have begun development of electric buses, which have a low environmental load and do not emit greenhouse gas or carbon dioxide emissions when in operation. The two companies are considering a trial service in Kyōto by 2011. The trial runs will garner attention as the first in the nation, and are aimed at refining mass production of the buses, which use cutting-edge battery techonology.

For fixed-route buses, the critical issue of charging stations can be solved by simply building them along the route, meaning the buses may prove more popular than electric cars. With foreseeable demand among local governments, particular in central city areas, Mitsubishi hopes to build a knowledge base on the construction of charging stations.

The trial service will involve a 10-km route starting from the south side of JR Kyōto Station and will continue anywhere from six months to a year. The companies are working with Kyōto City to see the plan through.

The companies envision one of two charging methods at the stations. One would replace batteries on buses with completely-charged replacements, while a “plugin” alternative would charge the batteries by using a special cable.

The body of the bus will be designed by both firms, with the motors and lithium ion batteries critical for allowing long-distance travel manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:15 AM   #348
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New JR West president puts full strength behind Ōsaka Station redevelopment
http://osaka.yomiuri.co.jp/eco/news/...OYO8T00292.htm

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In an interview with Yomiuri Shimbun just days before becoming president of the company, JR West Vice-President Sasaki Takayuki emphasized his commitment to continue the railway’s two megaprojects—the Ōsaka Station North Building redevelopment and Kyūshū Shinkansen set to open in 2011—in addition to continuing investments in safety following the Fukuchiyama Line derailment. In the midst of an economic slump, his ability to improve the safety of the railway and develop a business growth strategy will be tested.

“I am prepared for the long run,” said Sasaki in regards to the future of the economic recession, explaining his plan to reduce 2009 expenses down to ¥780 billion, a drop in ¥7 billion from the original budget.

It’s partially a result of worse financial performance than initially expected due to the swine flu scare and discounted tolls on expressways. The company’s transport revenues during the second quarter of 2009 (April to June) were as much as ¥17 billion lower than the same period last year. The March 2010 consolidated performance outlook was revised down in July, but if the swine flu scare becomes more serious, there is a possibility the company’s revenues could drop further.

“I am looking at ways to lower repair costs (which were ¥139 billion in 2008) without sacrificing safety,” responded Sasaki in regards to his strategy to reduce the company’s expenses. He expressed his plan to improve construction efficiency in the repair and maintenance of track and other infrastructure.

In addition, Sasaki emphasized the new North Building at JR Ōsaka Station and the Kyūshū Shinkansen as the company’s future major revenue streams.

“We are continuing construction on the new North Building almost round-the-clock and will open the project in Spring 2011 on schedule,” said Sasaki. In addition to department stores and a movie theater, the building also contains a substantial amount of space devoted to office tenants. While the company expected difficulties in finding businesses that would move into the new space because of the recession, “The location is really hard to beat, and we’ve been hearing positive responses from possible tenants. We expect some businesses to switch offices (from other areas around Ōsaka),” said Sasaki with confidence. He also mentioned his commitment to bring the Kyūshū Shinkansen into the new station building “in spring 2011, on schedule.”

Ticketless service that allows passengers to ride trains without paper tickets by simply placing their IC cards on faregate readers will begin on the San’yō Shinkansen (Shin-Ōsaka – Hakata) on August 29, but the project trails behind similar efforts by JR East and JR Central. “The possibilities are limitless, but we haven’t used the critical data (such as usage statistics by passengers) to full advantage,” confessed Sasaki. He said he plans to strengthen railway operations through card-related developments.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:16 AM   #349
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Sneak peek at JR Yokosuka Line’s Musashi Kosugi Station
http://www.kanaloco.jp/localnews/ent...ivjaug0908740/

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On August 28, JR East opened the construction site for the JR Yokosuka Line’s new Musashi Kosugi Station (Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki City), currently under construction between Nishi-Ōi and Shin-Kawasaki, to a press visit. This is the first new station on the Yokosuka Line since the opening of Nishi-Ōi Station in 1986, with construction expected to be complete by March 2010.

Kawasaki City, which is proceeding with redevelopment of the surrounding area, requested that JR East construct the new station in 2004, as part of its efforts to strengthen the city’s transport network. Work began in 2007, with total project cost estimated at ¥22.5 billion, which includes a special passage connecting the station to the Nambu Line’s Musashi Kosugi Station. Currently, construction work, which will shift the outbound tracks over to free up space between the inbound and outbound tracks for an island platform, is continuing.

As a result of the track shift and platform construction, service on the Yokosuka Line will be temporarily interrupted from 7:00 PM on September 5 to 10:30 AM on September 6, and from 7:00 PM on September 12 to 10:30 AM on September 13. Several other trains will also be canceled or have their service modified, including Shōnan-Shinjuku Line and Super View Odoriko trains.

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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:17 AM   #350
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Keihan train crews to receive mobile phones
http://www.keihan.co.jp/news/data_h21/2009-08-25.pdf

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As part of our efforts to improve the availability and transmission of information to our passengers, starting Saturday, September 12, Keihan Electric Railway (HQ: Chūō Ward, Ōsaka; President: Ueda Seinosuke) will provide Keihan Line train crews (conductors) with mobile phones for use in confirming the status of train operations.

Up until now, in the event of transport breakdowns as a result of delays or cancelled service on Keihan lines or other railways’ lines which connect to our network, we have provided the most recent information to train crews using the wireless communications systems on trains, allowing our crews to provide passengers with this information smoothly and efficiently. This new effort to provide mobile phones to our train crews will improve our ability to cope with these situations. In addition to the existing wireless communications systems on trains, we will send operational status information via email as needed, providing our crew members with an additional outlet to obtain the most recent information and improving our passenger service.
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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:18 AM   #351
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line videos

Some HD videos of trains on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line… This guy takes some of the best videos of Japanese trains on YouTube, so enjoy.

An unusual Y-crossing between Shiinamachi and Ikebukuro.

Source: seigen120kaihin on YouTube

Rush-hour trains between Shiinamachi and Ikebukuro.

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Rush-hour trains between Higashi-Kurume and Kiyose. Lots of different trains in this one… Tōkyō Metro (Yūrakuchō Line and Fukutoshin Line), plus Seibu trains new / old, commuter and limited express.

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Old August 31st, 2009, 10:27 AM   #352
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In my spare time, I’ve been polishing up my map of central Tōkyō. This includes the official extent of the Tōkyō Metro and Toei Subway, but lops off a good portion of the through-services, as well as major cities such as Yokohama, Saitama City, Chiba, etc. I’m still trying to figure out a way to post the entire version for the whole metro area without the image being ridiculously large, but I may end up switching to another format such as PDF. It’s still a work-in-progress, but enjoy.

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Old September 1st, 2009, 06:36 PM   #353
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In my spare time, I’ve been polishing up my map of central Tōkyō. This includes the official extent of the Tōkyō Metro and Toei Subway, but lops off a good portion of the through-services, as well as major cities such as Yokohama, Saitama City, Chiba, etc. I’m still trying to figure out a way to post the entire version for the whole metro area without the image being ridiculously large, but I may end up switching to another format such as PDF. It’s still a work-in-progress, but enjoy.
Outstanding work!! Can you export to SVG?

Don't know if you're looking for suggestions... but it would be nice to see some of the lines currently under construction, as dashed lines on the map. Like the Tohoku Jukan line, or the Tokyu Toyoko <-> Fukutoshin connection.
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Old September 1st, 2009, 08:17 PM   #354
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Thanks for comment. Yes, I will eventually add the new lines and connections in (and the Shinkansen as well), just not sure which lines to show since they haven't formally decided what the service patterns will be like on most of them—e.g., Tōhoku Through Line could have up to three through-services (Jōban, Utsunomiya, Takasaki). Tōyoko Line - Fukutoshin Line, Sōtetsu - Tōkyū, and Sōtetsu - JR connections could have a fair number of permutations, as well.

As for SVG, personally, I don't want to use the format... I'm not a graphics expert, so correct me if I'm wrong, but with SVG, pretty much anybody has access to all the vector information in the file and can use it for their own purposes. I don't mind sharing JPEG and such, since it's harder to "steal" the work.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 06:58 PM   #355
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@ Quashlo, I don't usually take the time to post something seeing that everything usually is said in a better way by someone else, but your map has moved me to do so. Great work.

One question, why is the Kita-Senju 'ball' bigger than the other ones?
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 08:01 PM   #356
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Thanks. The size of the circle is just a function of the number of lines and not the importance of the station. Kita-Senju just happens to have a lot of lines running through it, but the core stations (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, etc.) are still more "important" in function.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 08:23 PM   #357
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It's a great map. Very clean and easy to see, even though Tokyo metros and railways itself are not that easy things to see. I'm curious what kind of program you use. Photoshop or Illustrator or else?
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 09:02 PM   #358
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I used mostly Illustrator, but also Photoshop for preparing the background map (to trace the lines in Illustrator) and for working with company logos (I didn't show them on this map).

Inkscape is another freeware option but I've never used it, so I can't vouch for how good it is compared to Illustrator.
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 06:50 AM   #359
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Wow, this map is so simple to look at!

It shows how it's possible to make an understandable map even in a so much confusing system.

Congratulations!!!!

Just two question:

1.do you have it in japanese? I would be even better, cause the names in japanese occupy a smaller space.

2. Is it 100% geograpical? Or did you make some changes in order to make it more understandable? Anyway, it's perfect. Congratulations again. I imagine what will look like the whole Greater Tokyo area map.

I don't know if you plan this, but a Keihanshin map would be as lovely as this one.
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 06:49 PM   #360
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Thanks for response.

1. Yes, I have it in Japanese... I still have to tweak that, so I won't post it yet.

2. The short answer is yes. There's a few places, such as where there are multiple lines running in parallel, where it's not accurate because the linewidths are too thick. The network is multilayered (elevated, at-grade, underground) at major stations, but I've tried to make it as clear as possible, so some of the lines were shifted slightly as well.

The only downside with the map is the size... It's much too large for anything other than viewing on a computer or printing on large sheets of paper. If you are looking for a small map that contains all the information, FML's maps are better (here) since they are diagrammatic.

Eventually, I plan on making maps of Keihanshin, but that may be a long while into the future.
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