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Old June 5th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #5561
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Japan to provide ¥71 billion yen loan for Mumbai Metro Line 3
インドの地下鉄に710億円…首脳会談で表明へ

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/ne...htm?from=ylist

This is a new ¥445 billion, 33.5 km line for Mumbai in western India, for which the Japanese government will provide ¥71 billion in yen loans to help finance. Prime Minister Abe Shinzō notified Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a meeting on 2013.05.29.

More info (in English) from the local Indian press (thanks to k.k.jetcar):
http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-...1-1068136.aspx
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JR East and RATP sign cooperation agreement
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/press/2013/pdf/20130503.pdf

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On Monday, 27 May, Pierre Mongin, RATP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Masaki Ogata, Vice Chairman of East Japan Railway Company (JR East) signed a cooperation agreement in Geneva at the 60th UITP World Congress to share their respective railway experience, expertise and best practice.

The cooperation agreement concerns operation, technology and rail systems. It also covers exchanges of best practice, analysis and personnel.

Several possible fields of exchange have been identified:
‐ Energy and environment
‐ Utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
‐ Transportation systems

Technical meetings between experts from both companies will be held regularly to identify works and deploy the requisite resources. A general meeting of senior management from both companies will also be organised each year, alternating between France and Japan, to set directions and assess the result of discussions.

RATP Group
With 12 million passengers transported daily, RATP Group is the fifth largest urban transport operator in the world. Thanks to its 14 metro lines (including two automatic lines), two regional express rail lines, four tramway lines and 350 bus lines, the multimodal network operated by RATP in the Paris region is one of the largest in the world. RATP Group exports its know‐how worldwide, in engineering through its joint Systra subsidiary with SNCF, and in operation and maintenance through its subsidiary, RATP Dev.

JR East
East Japan Railway Company (JR East) was established in 1987, when the Japanese National Railways was divided as part of the Japanese railway reform. JR East’s railway business covers a 7,500 km network in the eastern part of the Japanese main island, including Tokyo Metropolitan area, and provides transportation services, comprising urban, suburban and high speed operations, for 17 million passengers on a daily basis. JR East also expands non‐transport commercial activities, which account for more than 30% of the total revenue of JR East Group.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 11:58 PM   #5563
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Kawasaki receives add-on order for DC Metro
ワシントン首都圏交通局向け地下鉄電車を追加受注

http://www.khi.co.jp/pressrelease/de...0130516_1.html

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川崎重工は、ワシントン首都圏交通局(WMATA: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority)より地下鉄電車(7000系)100両を追加受注しました。追加分の契約金額は約184百万ドル(約180億円)、納期は2018年8月の予定です。

今回の受注は、2010年に受注したベース契約64両に付随するオプション契約100両が行使されたものです。これまでにオプション契約は364両が行使されており、当社の7000系の受注両数は合計で528両になり、契約総額も10.7億ドル(約1,050億円)になります。
今回のオプション分100両は既存車両の置き換えを目的として調達されるもので、オプション車両納入後はWMATA保有車両の半数以上が当社製になります。

7000系地下鉄電車は、ダレス国際空港への延伸計画、老朽化した既存車両の更新計画ならびに、混雑緩和など旅客サービス向上計画に伴って導入され、WMATAとして初めてステンレス鋼製の構体を採用するとともに、従来各車両に設置していた運転室を2両あたり1箇所に減らすことで座席数を増加しています。また、デジタルコンテンツ表示装置やCCTVカメラ、情報伝送システムなど、従来車にはない最新システムを採用しています。

米国では、オバマ大統領のもと景気対策の一環として交通インフラを含む社会資本への投資が積極的に検討されており、北東回廊の都市交通やアムトラックをはじめとする都市間交通の既存車両置き換えや輸送力増強に関するプロジェクトが増加することが予想されています。
今後とも当社は、高い技術力と信頼性をもとに、環境負荷の少ない交通手段である鉄道車両を国内外に提供していきます。

□7000系車両の概要
①車種:地下鉄電車(最小2両1編成、最大8両4編成)
②寸法:23.0m(長さ) × 3.1m(幅) × 3.3m(高さ)
③車体材質:ステンレス鋼
Looks like it’s official now… This is was an optional $184 million order for a hundred additional 7000 series cars, to be completed by August 2018. This brings the total number of 7000 series cars Kawasaki will be supplying to Metro up to 528 units, with a cumulative contract value of $1.07 billion.
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Oriental Consultants JV selected for Clark Airport Railway feasibility study
オリコンサルJVらを特定/比・クラーク空港高速鉄道準備調査など6件/JICA

http://www.kensetsunews.com/?p=12056

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has selected a JV of Oriental Consultants (オリエンタルコンサルタンツ), Almec VPI (アルメックVPI), Japan International Consultants for Transportation (日本コンサルタンツ), and Katahira & Engineers International (片平エンジニアリングインターナショナル) for the Clark Airport Railway (Commuter Line Section) Project Preparatory Study (クラーク空港高速鉄道(通勤線区間)事業準備調査) to determine the need and appropriateness of a proposed airport railway to Clark International Airport, located within a 51.9 km radius of Metro Manila in the Philippines. The JV will also conduct a feasibility study, including the basic design parameters and a preliminary cost estimate. The preliminary feasibility study prepared by JICA last year envisioned a standard gauge line on an elevated alignment, maximum speed 160 km/h, with a priority “commuter rail” segment.

The results of the study work by the JV will identify the ideal project plan, as well as the implementation strategies for securing station plazas and trackside development, as well as streamlining intermodal transfers. The study will also evaluate the potential applicability of the STEP program, which would provide funding assistance for the project from the Japanese government in return for contracts to Japanese firms.
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MLIT to create new pictograms for baby strollers
ベビーカーマーク創設へ 鉄道車内や公共施設

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/life/news/1...9060011-n1.htm

This will be a new pictogram to designate priority spaces for passengers with baby strollers, similar to the ones that already exist for the elderly, passengers with disabilities or in wheelchairs, pregnant women, etc. The pictogram will be a nationwide standard for use on railways and inside public facilities, although Kyōto’s municipal bus operations and Hiroshima Electric Railway (Hiroden) already have their own pictograms. They still have to discuss some remaining issues, however, particularly whether or not to require passengers to fold up the strollers.
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Demolition of grand staircase at Kagoshima Chūō Station to begin on 2013.06.10
消える鹿児島中央駅の「大階段」…6月10日から撤去工事

http://response.jp/article/2013/06/05/199474.html

On 2013.06.04, JR Kyūshū announced that they will demolish the grand staircase at the Sakurajima Exit (East Exit) of Kagoshima Chūō Station beginning 2013.06.10 in order to construct an annex to Amu Plaza Kagoshima, the railway’s large retail facility at the East Exit of the station, scheduled to open in autumn 2014.

The station building at the East Exit first debuted in 1996 and was designed to serve the Kagoshima route of the Kyūshū Shinkansen, with the Shinkansen tracks and platforms located on the roof of the station building. The grand staircase connected the ground level East Exit plaza with the station concourse.



After visiting, I can’t say I will miss it. There are escalators in both directions right next to it, and everybody uses the escalators. The staircase is just a symbolic, aesthetic element, but otherwise, has little value to the station user.
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This Yomiuri Shimbun article has some pics of the new Hankai Tramway LRV, which has been nicknamed the “Sakai Tram” (堺トラム). This will debut in regular service starting this fall.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/osaka/featu...OYT8T00146.htm







Love the bamboo window screens…





Clips of testing (2013.05.17).

At Funao:



At Hamadera Kōen:

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Elevated station concourse, public passage, and platform bridge at Yao Station complete
大阪府八尾市、JR大和路線八尾駅の自由通路&橋上駅舎完成 - 一般見学会実施

http://response.jp/article/2013/05/19/198267.html

Official JR West press release:
http://www.westjr.co.jp/press/articl...page_3819.html

On 2013.05.17, JR West and Yao City announced that they had completed the new barrier-free public passage, platform bridge, and elevated station concourse at Yao Station on the Kansai Main Line (Yamatoji Line) and plan to open the new facilities on 2013.07.06. The project is one part of a series of upgrades at JR Yao Station, including improvements to the grade crossing at the station and construction of a new station plaza.



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Station plaza canopy complete at Kintetsu Nara Station
近鉄奈良駅前行基広場に県の大屋根完成 荒井知事出席し式典

http://www.ac.auone-net.jp/~nara-koe/news320.html

Didn’t even know this was in the works, but a new canopy was completed at the station plaza at Kintetsu Nara Station (the so-called 行基広場). Work began in November of last year.

There’s already a covered shopping arcade just adjacent, but the plaza itself was open to the elements since being completed in 1970 with the undergrounding of the Kintetsu Nara Line through central Nara City. This is a popular waiting spot, so the 11 m tall glass canopy should be a welcome addition for most users, and it will allow them to hold special events every now and then. In many ways, this is more of a “gateway” to Nara than JR Nara Station, given its proximity to Nara Park. The columns supporting the canopy are encased in wood paneling made from locally-grown hinoki cypress.



Some scenes from the ceremony commemorating the completion:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCQiZGwPXxg
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Temporary track construction for Echizen Railway elevation to begin this year
えちぜん鉄道の福井駅付近高架化、年内に仮線着工へ…新幹線高架橋に暫定乗り入れ

http://response.jp/article/2013/06/04/199312.html

The Hokuriku Shinkansen extension to Kanazawa is bringing a slew of local transit improvements with it to various cities along the line, most notably in Toyama. Likewise, the under-construction extension to Tsuruga, which broke ground in August 2012 and is scheduled for completion in FY2025, will bring similar improvements to Fukui. In both of these cities, all tracks at the central station are being completely grade-separated (elevated), including those for local railways. In Fukui, it’s the Echizen Railway, and Fukui Prefecture recently announced that they will break ground sometime this year on temporary track to allow Echizen Railway trains to temporarily use the Shinkansen viaduct. Preliminary work will begin in the fall, kicking into full gear before year’s end.

Project approvals for the grade-separations at Fukui Station were obtained way back in March 1992, and as part of the process of securing the land necessary to construct the new viaducts, the tracks for the Keifuku Electric Railroad (what is now the Echizen Railway) were relocated to their current location in March 1997. The Hokuriku Main Line was subsequently switched over to temporary tracks in June 2000 to allow them to begin construction of the viaduct, with the elevation of the Hokuriku Main Line completed in April 2005.

The remaining portions of the project involve elevating the Echizen Railway, a process which has been planned jointly with the construction of the Hokuriku Shinkansen viaduct. Originally, the plan was to have Echizen Railway at 2F of the Shinkansen viaduct with the Shinkansen one story above at 3F, but the plans were later changed so that the Shinkansen would also come in at 2F, with the Echizen Railway temporarily using the Shinkansen viaduct, which was already completed back in February 2009. Sometime between FY2014 close and FY2015 start, the Echizen Railway will switch over to the Shinkansen viaduct, which will allow them to construct the (permanent) elevated tracks for the Echizen Railway, estimated for completion in time for the Fukui Kokutai (National Sports Festival of Japan) in 2018.

This is a bit unusual, but not unheard of… During the construction of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Hankyū Kyōto Line trains made temporary use of the already-completed Shinkansen viaduct between Kanmaki and Ōyamazaki to allow them to construct the permanent elevated Hankyū tracks. The difference here is that while Hankyū and the Shinkansen are both standard gauge, Echizen Railway is actually a narrow-gauge line. So they will need to do some additional trackwork for the Shinkansen after moving the Echizen Railway to its elevated viaduct.

The already completed Shinkansen viaduct at the East Exit of the station:



The current ground-level tracks for the Echizen Railway:



The West Exit of the station, where the Hokuriku Main Line viaduct was completed several years ago.



In related news, annual ridership on the Echizen Railway for FY2012 reached 3,246,153 (0.4% year-over-year increase), an all-new high for the railway since opening in FY2003 (after the original Keifuku Electric Railroad went defunct). Combined with the 10,947 passengers on the “Phoenix Tawaramachi Line” service coordinated with Fukui Railway, the total annual ridership is 3,257,100.

Student commuter pass ridership dropped 1.1% year-over-year to 1,161,308 and multiple-ride ticket ridership dropped 1.3% year-over-year to 371,517, but adult commuter pass ridership rose 5.3% to 580,512. Other ridership (1,132,816) showed flat growth.

While the results didn’t meet the target of 3.28 million set in April of last year, the railway is still making good progress towards the 3.33 million goal for FY2021.
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New Hokuriku Main Line station in Takaoka to open around 2017
高岡新駅17年開業目指す 並行在来線
http://www.tulip-tv.co.jp/news/detai...20130520165514

A new station is being planned along the Hokuriku Main Line in Takaoka City as part of the transferral of the line from JR West to a third-sector railway. The proposed site for the new station is somewhere between the Wada and Habiro districts of the city, approximately midway between Takaoka and Nishi-Takaoka Stations. Residential development has been picking up in the vicinity in the last few years. On 2013.05.20, the governor of Toyama Prefecture announced that they will aim for an opening about 2 years after the launch of the third-sector railway, with the mayor of Takaoka City filing a formal petition to construct the new station, presenting results of a study that showed the new station would generate about 19% new ridership.
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JR West announces development project at Toyama Station
富山駅に商業施設 JR西、高架下3カ所

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNZO...00C13A5LB0000/

Official JR West press release:
http://www.westjr.co.jp/press/articl...page_3781.html

In coordination with the spring 2015 opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension, JR West announced on 2013.05.09 that they will develop about 3,600 sq m of land underneath the approach viaducts into the station as a retail facility. In addition, Toyama Terminal Building, majority owned by JR West but also counting Toyama Chihō Railroad and other entities as shareholders, will carry out a full-scale renovation of the existing Marie Toyama retail facility outside the station. The two projects are designed to bring in more convenience stores, restaurants, and souvenir shops to cater to Shinkansen passengers (they are currently not envisioning any large anchor tenants).

The developments underneath the viaduct will be divided into three areas:

Area A (2,500 sq m) will be located adjacent to the east side of the Shinkansen station building.
Area B (300 sq m) will be located within the station, but in the non-paid area.
Area C (800 sq m) will be located at the west side of the station building.

Area A will house primarily souvenir shops and restaurants, while Area B and Area C are envisioned for convenience stores, cafes, etc.
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Renovated Dentetsu Uozu Station opens
電鉄魚津駅 便利に“新生” きょうの始発から供用

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/to...402000017.html

The new station building at Dentetsu Uozu Station on the Toyama Chihō Railroad was completed and opened for service on 2013.06.04. The new building replaces the previous station building completed in 1967 when the tracks were elevated. The old station building is a four-story structure and had seen much better days, when it housed multiple tenants as a “station department store”, but it lacked elevators and had reached the end of its life. While daily ridership at the station was 8,000 when the building was first completed, all of the tenants had already vacated by 2000, and by FY2011, ridership had dropped to about 810 passengers a day.

The new ¥84 million building is a more modest structure, at two stories and 230 sq m GFA, but it features barrier-free upgrades (elevators). The first floor houses the ticketing entrance, station offices, waiting room and restrooms. The old station building will be demolished by the end of July and will be replaced with a terminal serving connecting modes, including a bus stop and accessible pick-up / drop-off zone. The cost for the entire project is ¥148 million.



There’s a video report here:
http://www.tulip-tv.co.jp/news/detai...20130603163819
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Hamamatsu City, JR Central, JR Freight sign MOU for Tenryūgawa Station upgrades
天竜川駅、橋上駅舎に 浜松市とJRが覚書締結

http://www.at-s.com/news/detail/681485531.html

The upgrades in question involve the standard 橋上駅舎 project—i.e., construction of a platform bridge and elevated station concourse at the station—as well as a new north-south public passage through the station. Hamamatsu City, JR Central, and JR Freight signed an MOU on 2013.06.04 for the ¥2.7 billion project, which would be completed in FY2017.

In particular, the new station building will be a two-story, steel-frame structure with a GFA of 500 sq m. The north-south public passage will be about 85 m, and will include barrier-free access (both elevators and escalators) at the North Exit and South Exit. The city will also carry out a coordinated series of station area improvements, including construction of new station plazas (駅前広場) at both the North Exit and South Exit (currently, there are no station plazas), 4,700 sq m and 2,300 sq m, respectively, to debut in FY2018.

Currently, there are no station plazas at the station, and there is no South Exit, so users heading to and from areas south of the station currently have to make circuitous detours via pedestrian and road overpasses to the North Exit.

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New station on Hitachi Naka Kaihin Railway to open October 2014
ひたちなか海浜鉄道、中根~那珂湊間に新駅建設…2014年10月開業目指す

http://response.jp/article/2013/05/20/198276.html

For a planned new station between Nakane and Naka Minato on the Minato Line, Hitachi Naka Kaihin Railway (ひたちなか海浜鉄道) has formally selected a location underneath the National Route 245 overpass. Targeted opening date is October 2014.

The new station was included in the Second Phase Basic Plan for the Minato Line (湊線第二期基本計画) for FY2013 to FY2017, and two candidate locations were identified—one near a social welfare facility in Yanagisawa, Hitachi Naka City and another underneath the overpass with National Route 245. The latter location was selected due to being an undeveloped site (and, thus, a large development potential) in close proximity to retail facilities. The new station will be about 2.3 km from Nakane and 1.0 km from Naka Minato. Design of the new station and station area improvements will take place in FY2013, with groundbreaking in FY2014.

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Old June 6th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #5576
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Kawasaki to supply 80 9000 series cars for Sapporo Municipal Subway Tōhō Line
http://www.khi.co.jp/pressrelease/de...0130522_1.html

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 川崎重工は、札幌市交通局より東豊線案内軌条式地下鉄電車9000形80両を受注しました。受注総額は約120億円です(台車等別発注の機器を除く)。今回受注した9000形地下鉄電車は、兵庫工場(神戸市)で製造し、2014年度から2016年度にかけて順次納入します。

案内軌条式(ゴムタイヤ方式)地下鉄電車は、スムーズな乗り心地、低騒音、優れた登坂能力、短い制動距離などの利点から札幌市交通局が南北線開業時に国内で初めて採用しました。同電車は、1972年の札幌冬季オリンピック開催に合わせて1971年に開業した南北線に続き、東西線(1976年開業)、東豊線(1988年開業)にも順次採用され、当社は南北線の開業以降一貫して同電車の製造納入を担ってきました。

9000形地下鉄電車は、東豊線開業に合わせて導入された7000形の後継電車であり、強度アップによる安全性を高めたアルミ・セミダブルスキン構体を採用するとともに、自動列車運転装置(ATO)やワンマン運転にも対応します。また、液晶ディスプレイ(LCD)表示装置などの情報サービス、前照灯および室内灯に省電力で環境に配慮したLED灯を採用するなど最新のシステムを搭載する予定です。

今後とも当社は、高い技術力と信頼性をもとに、環境負荷の少ない交通手段である鉄道車両を国内外に提供していきます。

□9000形地下鉄電車の概要
①車   種 : 案内軌条式(ゴムタイヤ方式)地下鉄電車 1編成4両×20編成(80両)
②寸   法 : 18,000mm(長さ) × 3,080mm(幅) × 3,820mm(高さ)
③車体材質 : アルミニウム合金製(セミダブルスキン)
Contract value is for ¥12 billion (excluding bogies and other equipment to be grouped under separate contracts). The rubber-tired cars (20 4-car sets) will be produced at Kawasaki’s Hyōgo Plant in Kōbe City between FY2014 and FY2016. Kawasaki has been the exclusive provider of rubber-tired rolling stock for the Sapporo Municipal Subway since the opening of the Namboku Line in 1971 in preparation for the 1972 Winter Olympics.

The new 9000 series will replace the 7000 series cars that were introduced when the Tōhō Line first opened in 1988, and will feature higher-strength aluminum double-skin bodies, ATO, LCD passenger information systems, and LED systems for interior and exterior lighting.

Window view on the Tōhō Line from Sakaemachi to Hōsui–Susukino:

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Seibu Railway implements ticketless service for Red Arrow limited expresses
西武鉄道、特急レッドアローでチケットレスサービスを開始

http://news.mynavi.jp/news/2013/06/04/122/index.html

Official Seibu press release:
http://www.seibu-group.co.jp/railway...ticketless.pdf

The program, officially called Smooz, is completely ticketless, and does not require exchange for actual paper tickets at station ticket counters or TVMs. Instead, station staff use special scanning devices at the faregate (I would assume this is QR code readers, similar to what they have already been doing on airport check-ins in Japan and on Tōbu’s TJ Liner services on the Tōjō Line). Passengers purchase by credit card and can select their seats (previously, you could only do this at the ticket counters), and can change their reservation up to times without charge. There is no membership fee involved. A reward points system is also included, so passengers who ride frequently enough can cash in their points for tickets.
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Saitama City to launch 24-hour bikeshare service around JR Ōmiya Station
自転車レンタル24時間OK JR大宮駅周辺で有料サービス開始

http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/sa...002000137.html

Ōmiya Station is Saitama Prefecture’s major rail terminus, as well as its largest urban node. The bikeshare service would cover a 3 km radius around the station, with pods at four locations:

JR大宮駅西口自転車駐車場(大宮区桜木町)
三橋総合公園(西区三橋)
大宮盆栽美術館(北区土呂町)
JR与野本町駅西口(中央区本町東)

All except for the first one will be open 24 hours, and users can return their bikes to any station. The city hopes to expand the service to a total of 20 pods by end of July. Users register online or at the designated in-person counters, using their Suica or other IC farecard as their member ID.
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Keiō announces development plans for Chōfu Station

Official Keiō press release:
http://www.keio.co.jp/news/backnumbe...u-kaihatsu.pdf

Some details regarding Keiō Corporation’s development plans for the Chōfu Station site have been released now that the tracks and station have been undergrounded. In addition to a large station plaza, there will be three development sites proposed for mixed-use development, to be completed by 2017. Groundbreaking will be in 2015, following completion of the grade-separation project in FY2015.

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                           Parcel A  Parcel B  Parcel C
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Parcel size (sq m)           4,000     1,700     6,200
Building height (stories)      6         4         5 (+2 underground)
Building GFA (sq m)         19,000     6,000    24,000
So, nothing ridiculously huge, but still quite a bit of development they are squeezing in. Parcels A and B are particularly interesting as they are above the Keiō Line and are quite narrow as a result.

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Tōbu 60000 series makes press debut

Some pics from the press event held at Nanakōdai Yard on 2013.05.10:
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/

Lined up with the current workhorse of the Tōbu Noda Line, the 8000 series. Some 10000 series units are also being deployed onto the line, so the Noda Line fleet will be a fairly eclectic mix for the time being.



The livery is described as Tōbu Group’s corporate color—“future blue”—with “bright green” highlights.



Interior lighting is LED. This will be the first train series on the Noda Line to feature LCDs for passenger information, and will be Tōbu’s first train with on-board Wi-Fi for passenger use.



The series is based off the 50000 series, but with minor changes, such as parts of the bogies being converted from a pressed design to a welded design. The car ends have also been slightly changed, with the 60000 series featuring a wood laminate instead of white paneling. Four out of the six cars in each formation have wheelchair spaces, and the glass doors between cars feature floral patterns drawing from the eight cities along the line.



Bogies are Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (新日鐵住金)—formerly Sumitomo Metal (住友金属)—SS181M (for powered cars) and SS181T (for trailer cars) models. Compared to the SS167 / SS067 models used on the 50000 series, these are a welded design instead of a pressed design.



Another change from the 50000 series, the dashboard area has been redesigned into a two-LCD layout. Usually, the center screen shows the speedometer and related information while the right screen shows the train information (doors open, etc.), but the 60000 series has a backup function that allows the second screen to take over should the first fail.

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