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Old November 29th, 2012, 08:22 PM   #4321
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Sōtetsu to renovate underground retail facilities at Yokohama Station West Exit
http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNZO...2A121C1L71000/

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 相鉄ホールディングス(HD)は80億円前後を投じ、横浜駅西口エリアの地下の大規模改装を実施する。地下街「ザ・ダイヤモンド」と商業施設「ジョイナス」の地下1階部分の計1万6000平方メートルが対象。保有物件の回遊性を高め、同駅東側のみなとみらい(MM)21地区や東京の商業施設に対抗する。

 子会社の相鉄ビルマネジメント(横浜市)が14年度をめどに工事に着手し、2016~17年度中に完了する予定だ。ダイヤモンドは1964年の開業以来、ジョイナスの地下階は73年の開業以来初の大規模改装となる。改装対象エリアの225店舗の大幅な入れ替えを検討する。発光ダイオード(LED)照明など省エネ設備も導入する。

 両施設は地下で連結しているものの、別々に運営していたため、顧客を連携して呼び込む力が弱かった。今回の改装では2施設の内装に統一感を持たせる。

 施設ごとにターゲットとする顧客層を明確にする。ダイヤモンドとジョイナスの地下階には食料品店などを入居させ、30~40歳代の日常の買い物需要を取り込む。ジョイナスの地上階についても、地下階の改装に併せてテナントの入れ替えを実施。20~30歳代向けの衣料品店などを充実させる。両施設に隣接する相鉄HDの保有物件には、中高年層に強みを持つ高島屋横浜店が入居しており、西口エリア全体で幅広い年齢層の顧客を囲い込む。

 12年3月期のダイヤモンドの売上高は310億円、ジョイナスは361億円だった。改装後は両施設の合計の売上高を12年3月期比12%増の750億円に引き上げる。

相鉄HDは相模鉄道を15年に東日本旅客鉄道(JR東日本)と、19年に東京急行電鉄とそれぞれ相互直通運転させる計画を立てている。神奈川県内から都内へのアクセスが良くなる一方で、都内の商業施設との競争が激化する可能性がある。同社は今年5月に横浜駅西口の「横浜ビブレ」が入居するビルを取得するなど、横浜駅西口エリアの競争力を強化している。
This is for Sōtetsu’s Diamond and Joinus facilities. If you remember, there is also a large office / retail station tower planned on the west side of the station, being implemented jointly by Tōkyū and JR, so this should gel nicely with that and hopefully bring more people to the station’s West Exit area.
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Old November 29th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #4322
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JR East to open three new nursery schools at Yokohama stations
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/region/news...1320009-n1.htm

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 JR東日本グループが推進する子育て支援事業「HAPPY CHILD PROJECT」の一環として、横浜市内3カ所の駅で来年4月1日、保育園が新規開園する。いずれも横浜市認可保育園となる予定。

 JR東日本横浜支社によると、開園する駅は鶴見駅ビル(横浜市鶴見区鶴見中央)、石川町駅(中区石川町)、本郷台駅(栄区小菅ケ谷)。この3園が開園すれば、同グループが展開する県内の子育て支援施設は計12カ所となる。入園に関する詳しい情報、問い合わせ先などは横浜市ホームページから。

 また、同プロジェクトの一環で、平成21年4月に開園した橋本駅(相模原市緑区東橋本)の保育園は定員を増やし、4月1日から増床リニューアルされる。
Good to see JR being proactive about this… Locations are Tsurumi, Hongōdai, and Ishikawachō, all on the Keihin-Tōhoku Line / Negishi Line.
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Major morning rush-hour service disruption on Keiyō Line
http://mainichi.jp/area/chiba/news/2...40203000c.html

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 通勤・通学客で混雑する船橋市のJR京葉線で28日朝、突然、電車が止まるトラブルが起きた。1時間半から2時間半、電車内に閉じ込められた人々は、はしごを使って線路に降り、今度は約1キロ離れた二俣新町駅まで寒風が吹き抜ける高架上を歩いた。乗客たちは背中を丸め、疲れ切った様子だった。

 故障した車両に乗車していた松戸市の男性会社員(48)は「駅を出発してからしばらく走行した所で、電車が止まった。放送で電気が通らないと説明があり、そのまま車内に立ちっぱなしだった」と、係員の誘導を受けて到着した二俣新町駅で語った。代行バスを待ちながら、いらだたしい表情を見せていた。

 我孫子市の大学生、虎谷友香恵さん(21)も車内に閉じ込められた。「『車両故障』と説明を受けてから、1時間くらい、事情を説明する放送がなく、不安になった。線路は石で歩きにくく、距離が長く感じた。蘇我駅まで行って大学の授業に出る予定だったが、待っている間に終わってしまった」と疲れた様子で話し、友人の迎えの車を待っていた。

 ◇全線復旧に4時間

 また、トラブルの影響で、同じ時間に同線を走行していた他の電車はいずれも最寄りの各駅で停車。各駅で足止めとなった人も多く、この日は上下67本が運休し、全線復旧まで4時間もかかった。

乗り換える路線のない二俣新町駅で足止めとなった千葉市の男性会社員(62)は「駅に止まるまで2、3回止まった。ほかに交通手段もなく大変、困っている」と顔をしかめた。【市村一夫】
I normally don’t bother posting “daily news” like this, but these types of disruptions happen maybe once or twice a year, and I thought there might be some interest here every now and then…

Train malfunction / failure during the morning rush hour of 2012.11.28 on the JR Keiyō Line between Futamata Shinmachi and Minami-Funabashi… The fuses under Car 2 and Car 6 on a through-servicing 205 series Musashino Line train both melted. Visual inspections in October and routine maintenance check on 2012.11.24 did not find any problems.

Approx. 1,500 passengers were on board, and were stuck inside for about 2 hours, but eventually were escorted off the train and forced to walk on the tracks about one kilometer to the next station. One passenger was taken to the hospital citing discomfort. A total of 67 trains across both directions were canceled, affecting approx. 82,000 passengers on the entire length of the Keiyō Line. Intermediate service was provided by buses, and it appears JR was throwing everything at the problem, even double-decker highway express coaches from JR Bus Kantō. Service was restored in four hours. Apparently, Tōkyō Disneyland was also affected, and some areas had to open later than usual.

FNN news report (2012.11.28):

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Old November 30th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #4324
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<Major morning rush-hour service disruption on Keiyō Line>

There was a photo of the passengers walking along the tracks on the front page on the Japan Times yesterday from that issue.
I wonder why they could not move a train up behind it to push it forward into the station ?
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Old November 30th, 2012, 05:18 PM   #4325
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<Major morning rush-hour service disruption on Keiyō Line>

There was a photo of the passengers walking along the tracks on the front page on the Japan Times yesterday from that issue.
I wonder why they could not move a train up behind it to push it forward into the station ?
EMU's aren't designed to push or pull other trains. Conceivably a locomotive (either diesel or electric) could be called upon to haul the dead train to the nearest station, but in the time required to get the crew together and the locomotive to the site, the passengers would long be already at the station after walking and unto the shuttle buses.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 08:25 AM   #4326
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All-electric buses coming to Komatsu City
http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/is...102000171.html

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来年3月末ごろ 全国3例目

 小松市は二〇一三年三月末ごろ、二酸化炭素(CO2)を排出しない電気自動車(EV)バス一台を路線バスに導入する。市内のバス製造会社ジェイ・バス(串工業団地)が協力し、環境に配慮したまちとして、市民や全国にPRする。(白井春菜)

 市によると、改造ではなく新車のEVバスを路線バスに取り入れるのは、東京の二例に続き三例目。地元で盛んなものづくりの技術を生かすとともに、のりもののまちとしての魅力を高める。

 子どもたちに親しんでもらうため、独自のデザインを採用した。外装は鮮やかな黄と黒の配色。光を反射して輝く特殊な塗装を一部にほどこす。内装は宇宙船をイメージし、灰色を基調とした丸い窓があるデザイン。市内に小松空港と県航空プラザがあり、一三年秋にはJR小松駅前に科学交流館(仮称)が完成することなどから「空」「科学技術」「宇宙」をテーマにした。

 市内循環路線バス「こまち」と同じ小型ノンステップバスで、三十五人乗り。小松バスが運行し、JR小松駅と小松空港、航空プラザを結び、科学交流館にも立ち寄る。

 航空プラザ周辺では周遊コースを設け、プラザに訪れた子どもたちに、環境問題への意識を高めるきっかけにしてもらう。

光が当たると輝く塗装をほどこした外装


宇宙船をイメージした内装(いずれも小松市提供)
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Kani City abandons planned elevated station concourse for JR Kani Station
http://mainichi.jp/area/gifu/news/20...10304000c.html

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 可児市は30日、可児駅東土地区画整理事業として98年に計画を策定したJR可児駅の橋上駅構想を断念したと発表した。線路上に通路を建設する計画に変更する。変更に伴い工事費1億円を減額する議案を3日開会の定例市議会に提案する。

 約30億円をかけて橋上駅を建設する計画が98年に出された。しかし、利用客の減少や経済情勢の悪化で“足踏み状態”のまま13年が経過した。

 新計画では、駅横の地下通路を閉鎖して線路をまたぐ自由通路を建設。通路とホームをつなぐエレベーターを設置し、駅舎は現在のものを使う。JR東海側は「自由通路は別の計画。橋上駅を断念した訳ではない」としている。【小林哲夫】
Apparently, the new plan is just for an elevated public passage.
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MLIT to consider allowing highway coaches to use existing bus stops at major train stations
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/ne...9000013-n1.htm

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 国土交通省は30日、高速ツアーバスを運行する旅行会社に、バスの本数が多い主要駅の停留所の利用枠を配分する方針を決めた。既にバス停を利用しているバス会社や自治体、旅行会社などが参加する協議会で具体策を決める。

 4月の関越自動車道の事故を受け決まった新制度では、高速バスの運行を続ける旅行会社は来年7月までにバス事業許可を取る必要がある。しかし、条件の停留所の確保が難しいとの声が出て、利用枠を見直して対応することにした。

 協議会は、12月から地方運輸局が設け、バスの発着がない深夜や早朝の利用枠を中心に旅行会社へ配分する。JRの新宿駅や東京駅などが対象となる見込み。こうした調整で確保できない場合、停留所新設を検討する。
A little bit of news on the new regulations for these regional / intercity buses… First option is to allow them to use existing bus stops in the late evening or early morning, when fixed-route services have less need for them… If that doesn’t work, then they will look at establishing new stops. Right now, this is targeted at major stations like Shinjuku and Tōkyō. Will be interesting to see how this works out.

Nighttime highway coach action at the Yaesu Exit of Tōkyō Station (2012.08.23). The array of operators, destinations served (as far as Fukuoka), and rolling stock is dizzying, and there is pretty healthy demand for them… It’s understandable why MLIT would want a slightly better grasp on the situation to ensure passenger safety.

Captions in order:

Odakyū City Bus New Breeze for Hiroshima (Hiroshima)… Yes, the same Odakyū that operates urban rail service in Tōkyō.
Ibaraki Transport for Hitachi Ōta (Ibaraki)
JR Bus Kantō Bōsō Na-no-hana for Tateyama (far southern Chiba)
JR Shikoku Bus Dream Tokushima for Anan (Tokushima)
Shizutetsu Justline Shimizu Liner for Orido Bus Yard (Shizuoka)
Hitachi Electric Railway Transport Service for Hitachi (Ibaraki) + Chiba Flower Bus for Narutō Yard (far eastern Chiba)
Keisei Bus for Kashima Jingū Station (far eastern Chiba)
Kōnan Bus Tsugaru for Aomori (Aomori)
Kantō Railway Bus for Kashima Jingū (far eastern Chiba) + Tōbu Bus Central for Onahama (Fukushima)



Second part:

West Japan JR Bus Super Discount Seishun for Ōsaka (Ōsaka)
Nankai Bus Dream Namba–Sakai for Sakai-shi Station (Ōsaka)
Ibaraki Transport for Mito Station (Ibaraki)
JR Bus Kantō Seishun Dream for Sannomiya, Kōbe (Hyōgo)
Towada Kankō Electric Railway Sirius for Towada-shi Station (Aomori)
Ryōbi Bus Mamakari Liner for Kurashiki (Okayama)
West Japan JR Bus Premium Dream for Sannomiya, Kōbe (Hyōgo)
Keifuku Bus Dream Fukui for Fukui (Fukui)

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SUGOCA expands into Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Ōita

JR Kyūshū expanded the coverage area of its IC card (SUGOCA) into smaller metropolitan areas of Kyūshū yesterday (2012.12.01). Here’s a quick map I made (the base is from Google Maps, obviously) showing SUGOCA coverage now, effective 2012.12.01. The only major metropolitan area on Kyūshū not covered is Miyazaki. Sasebo is also in a bit of an interesting position, as there’s a lot of tourist traffic generated by Huis Ten Bosch, and the connections with Nagasaki City are fairly strong. I’d also love for them to expand SUGOCA to the Shinkansen.



Of course, you can’t go between noncontiguous coverage areas, but still impressive that you can loop all the way from Ōita down to Kumamoto if you wanted.
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Is there a version of the SUGOCA or SUICA for Okinawa? And with that, it means nearly all of Japan can be reached by using an IC Card. When will the US adopt such an IC card for Amtrak services?
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Jōhana Line to get new station at Shin-Takaoka Station
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 JR城端線と氷見線の沿線にある4つの市などで構成する『城端・氷見線活性化推進協議会』は、北陸新幹線・仮称新高岡駅に隣接する新駅を城端線に設置することでJR西日本と合意し、3日、基本協定を締結しました。

 調印式では、『城端・氷見線活性化推進協議会』の会長を務める高橋高岡市長が、JR西日本金沢支社の三浦勝義(みうら・かつよし)支社長とともに協定書にサインしました。

 協定書によりますと、JR城端線の新しい駅は、高岡市下黒田(しもくろだ)に北陸新幹線・新高岡駅と隣接する形で設置し、現在ある単線の東側にホーム1面を整備する計画です。

 JR西日本では、来年度から工事に着手し、北陸新幹線と同じ2015年春の開業を予定しています。

 今回、城端線の新駅設置が決まったことで、2キロ近く離れている北陸新幹線新高岡駅とJR高岡駅のあいだでアクセスの向上が期待されています。

基本協定の締結を受け高橋市長は、高岡を訪れる人が利用しやすく地域からも愛される駅となるよう、引き続き努力していく意向を示しました。
The local governments in Takaoka have taken the final step and signed an agreement with JR West to establish a new station on the Jōhana Line at the site of the future Shin-Takaoka Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension to Kanazawa. This will create a direct rail connection to Takaoka Station, the main station on the conventional line (Hokuriku Main Line). The new station is in Shimo-Kuroda, Takaoka City (高岡市下黒田), and if you plop the location into Google Maps, you can already see the Shinkansen station under construction, together with the Shinkansen bridge over the Shōkawa River.
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Is there a version of the SUGOCA or SUICA for Okinawa? And with that, it means nearly all of Japan can be reached by using an IC Card. When will the US adopt such an IC card for Amtrak services?
You can't use the card directly to travel between service areas.

ie all the way from Tokyo to Osaka unless you travel on the Shinkansen stacked with the EXIC?

But what I don't now is: whether you can use the card in another urban area without using the Shinkansen?
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why is there a dashed line between Hakata and Meinohama - SUGOCA coverage not yet implemented there?
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why is there a dashed line between Hakata and Meinohama - SUGOCA coverage not yet implemented there?
I reckon because that's the Fukuoka City Airport Subway Line, which has run through trains off the JR Kyushu Chikuhi LIne.
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Old December 7th, 2012, 08:02 PM   #4335
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New station on Yamanote Line - completed around 2020

http://www.asahi.com/national/update...201040315.html
This is almost a year old, and I'm sure most of you are well aware of it, but I missed it since we completely missed discussing it on this thread and I get most of my Japanese railway news here.

JR East is planning a new station in the vast Shinagawa rail yard between Shinagawa and Tamachi. This is the largest gap between stations on the Yamanote line (2.2km). This will be the first new station opened on the line since Nishi-Nippori in 1972. JR has been planning this internally for a decade and it seems hasn't formally made these plans public yet.

They will also be able to redevelop much of the Shinagawa rail yard. This is possible because the Tohoku Through Line will make the yard at least partly unnecessary. I guess trains that previously had to turn at Tokyo now can proceed straight through. According to the diagrams in the newspapers, all the active rail lines will be pushed to the east side of the yard. Presumably the platforms at Shinagawa station will have to be reconfigured as well. I guess they're pushing everything to the east because the land to the west will be easiest to redevelop. The east side is where the Shinkansen is and the Yokosuka line tunnels are, which would be difficult and expensive to move; the west is just tracks on top of dirt.

Once all this is done, the west side of the yard will then be available for redevelopment. This redevelopment should make JR East FILTHY RICH. This is 10-15 hectares of prime land, right in the middle of some of the highest land values on the planet.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 07:02 AM   #4336
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There is also talk that the new station is being built in order to provide a good connection for the proposed JR Tokai maglev terminal.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 07:50 AM   #4337
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More of JR East E259 series




Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/
Luggage storage area. There are dial locks, but I honestly don’t know how they’re supposed to work.

The locks are simple to operate. You input a four digit code of your choice on the right, and then turn the dial to the left to "lock". To open, repeat the process, and turn the dial to "open". My apartment mailbox has the same system.
I guess cables are for locking a bag in the place. Well, you type 4 digit combination and your bag is locked in that spot. The same combination you type in and you get unlocked your bag. Simple as said, but what you do in the case some joker type unknown code for all spots and walk away!!! Perhaps Japanese cultural society is far advance then European and American.)
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:45 AM   #4338
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JICA to finance Manila’s MRT-7
http://www.rappler.com/business/1719...ding-for-mrt-7

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MANILA, Philippines - The Japanese government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has approved funding for the much-awaited Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7.

Now that the funding is ready, MRT-7 proponent San Miguel Corp. (SMC) said it will start construction of the railway immediately once it secures government approval.

SMC president Ramon Ang said ongoing discussions with the Department of Finance (DOF) will be completed within the year. The discussions, however, do not include some conditions stipulated by the agency.

"There are just some conditions included by the DOF. We would want to start construction after the government approves it," Ang said.

The government agency is carefully scrutinizing the contract to ensure that there won’t be a repeat of the MRT-3 controversy. Ang assured that the contract does not include any form of government guarantee.

Ang did not say what conditions were laid down by the DOF but earlier reports said the DOF wants the authority to impose penalties for non-compliance.

He earlier said the contractor for the railway also made improvements in the contract to build the elevated railway.

SMC had awarded to the Marubeni-DMCI consortium the contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the MRT-7 project.

"Before, there were no safety measures. Now, the contract includes the installation of shock absorber, anti-bumping, anti-derail. There are many safety features that they have added," said Ang.

The MRT-7 project involves the construction of a 22-kilometer train line with 14 stations traversing North Avenue, Elliptical Road, Commonwealth Avenue, Quirino Avenue, and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan.

The project has been delayed for almost 4 years because of the failure of the proponent to secure a performance undertaking from the DOF. A performance undertaking is crucial so the MRT-7 proponent can secure financing for the project.

Universal LRT Corp., which used to be owned by Israeli businessman Eli Levin before he sold it to businessman Salvador Zamora II, held the right to develop the railway system. In 2010, however, SMC acquired a 51% interest in Universal LRT.
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Kumamoto City considering city’s trams for first phase of IC card implementation
http://kumanichi.com/news/local/main/20121206006.shtml

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 幸山政史熊本市長は6日、熊本都市圏のバス・電車へのICカード導入の協議が難航していることを受け、市電への先行導入を検討する考えを明らかにした。導入時期は2014年度中を想定している。

 同日始まった12月定例市議会一般質問で鈴木弘議員(公明)に答えた。県内では、今月からJR九州がICカード「SUGOCA(スゴカ)」の運用を同市などの33駅に拡大。市電は、熊本、上熊本、新水前寺のJR各駅で結節しており、市電でも「スゴカ」を使えるようにすることで利便性を高める。

 ICカードは運賃や買い物の支払いに使える。市交通局と県内交通事業者が、現行の磁気式共通プリペイドカード「TO熊カード」の更新期に合わせて導入を検討。市や県は全国他社でも使える「相互利用型」を支持するが、県内事業者限定の「地域型」を推す声もあり、意見集約には至っていない。

 幸山市長は、市が目指している14年度中に、バス・電車が一斉に運用開始することは「現状では困難」との認識を示した上で、「(全国規模の会議などの)MICE(マイス)の誘致活動を推進するため、広域利用が可能なICカード導入について具体的アクションを起こす時期にきている」と述べた。

 具体的には14年度中の運用開始に向け、13年度の国の補助事業申請を目指す。ICカードを市電に導入後、バスに拡大する際の課題を整理する。(田川里美)
Apparently, there’s been some difficulties in trying to roll-out an IC card system in Kumamoto, as Kumamoto-area transit operators want to wait until the overhaul cycle for the existing magnetic-strip cards (TO Card) comes around. The operators also favor a “local” card as opposed to an interoperable system favored by the city and prefectural governments.

As a result, the mayor wants to accelerate the process a bit by doing it in phases. With the recent expansion of JR Kyūshū’s SUGOCA card to the Kumamoto area, with 33 stations in Kumamoto Prefecture accepting the card, I suppose there’s a bit more urgency for this. The first phase would expand implement an IC card system, presumably SUGOCA (?), to the city’s municipal trams, which connect with three JR stations (Kumamoto, Kami-Kumamoto, and Shin-Suizenji). This would take place sometime in FY2014, after which discussions would focus on how to integrate the bus network into the system.
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New pedestrian bridge to open at JR Hakata Station
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/region/news...2290001-n1.htm

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 福岡市がJR博多駅再整備事業の一環として博多口に建設している歩行者連絡橋が20日に開通する。昨年3月の九州新幹線開業でにぎわいを増す博多口側の人の流れが安全でスムーズになる。

 JR博多シティと博多バスターミナルを2階部分でつなぐ連絡橋を延伸。空港通りをまたいで博多新三井ビル前まで通行できるようになる。通路には屋根が付くほか、エレベーターとエスカレーターも設置している。連絡橋の整備により、バスターミナルと博多新三井ビルの間の横断歩道は廃止する。

 20日は午後2時から地元関係者らを招いて式典を行う。
The current elevated pedestrian deck at the Hakata Exit of JR Hakata Station that connects the station and retail complex (JR Hakata City) with the Hakata Bus Terminal will be extended with a canopied bridge across Kūkō-dōri (Airport Road) to the Hakata Shin-Mitsui Building, which should improve pedestrian access in that area. The sidewalks and crosswalks at that particular location are fairly busy, and there’s conflicting bus traffic trying to enter Hakata Bus Terminal, but this will provide dedicated pedestrian access across Kūkō-dōri.
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