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Old July 25th, 2013, 06:58 PM   #5821
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Is Manseibashi the place that was used as a train museum until a few years ago? I visited that place in 2006 or 7. It was awesome to have a museum like that so close to Akihabara Station. The museum itself was neat but not very big and looked like it had not been updated in a while. I think the exhibits were moved somewhere else.

I am not surprised that they are trying to do something that generates more revenue out of the real estate.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:11 PM   #5822
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Yeah, it was the former museum... The observation area should be pretty good for trainspotting. This entire area is really shaping up, as there are a lot of new office buildings that have gone up, not just JR's office project... I'm also glad they're doing a better job of integrating and interacting with the river, perhaps the most valuable "natural" asset of this part of Tōkyō. Now, we just need them to finish the improvements to Ochanomizu Station.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:17 PM   #5823
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Station building restoration pushes JR Tōkyō Station ridership past Yokohama
赤レンガ復元の東京駅、乗車人員17年ぶりに横浜抜く

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNZO...10C13A7L60000/

For the first time in 17 years, average daily boardings at JR Tōkyō Station have surpassed Yokohama Station according to ridership rankings prepared by JR East. Tōkyō rose to 4th place behind Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Shibuya, buoyed by the completion of the restoration of the Marunouchi Station Building to its original, pre-war design and the opening of the new Kitte mall inside the JP Tower redevelopment outside the station.

Average daily boardings at Tōkyō Station reached 402,277 passengers, about 20,000 more than FY2011. Meanwhile, Yokohama dropped to 5th place with 400,655 passengers, an increase of only 6,000. Based on the ticketing data, growth in commuter pass ridership at Tōkyō was stagnant, but there was strong growth in non-commuter pass ridership, indicating that many passengers are coming to Tōkyō Station for shopping and sightseeing purposes. The restored Marunouchi Station Building, with a reconstructed third floor originally damaged and demolished after World War II air raids, opened in October of last year, followed by an expansion of Daimaru’s Tōkyō department store last year and the opening of Kitte in March of this year.

Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Shibuya still remain the top three, in that order, but there is the possibility that Tōkyō could jump higher up in the rankings this fiscal year, especially with the launch of through-service between the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line and Fukutoshin Line, which could steal ridership away from Shibuya Station. Tōkyō hasn’t been in third place since FY1993.

Among other stations, Ōsaki jumped from 23rd to 19th as a result of redevelopment in the surrounding areas. Musashi Kosugi Station also posted growth, jumping from 31st to 28th, thanks in part to a slew of new condo tower construction on former factory sites.

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The data are posted on JR East’s website. I’ve also summarized and ranked them by ridership below.
http://www.jreast.co.jp/passenger/

FY2012 average daily ridership (station entries) at all 624 stations within JR East’s Tōkyō Suburban Area (東京近郊区間) was approximately 15,869,333 passengers, quite a substantial increase over the approximately 15,600,513 passengers for FY2011. The interesting thing is that they are reporting the data slightly differently this time, divided into commuter pass and non-commuter pass ridership. In the past, they’ve only reported a single combined number.

The article is a bit optimistic, though, and probably glosses over the biggest reason for the growth: the fact that FY2011 was so low due to the earthquake and tsunami and the resulting after-effects. Still, it’s good to see ridership rebounding (a jump of 270,000 daily riders is pretty much the equivalent of a whole new line)... I don’t think it’s been this high for 5 years or so. Even if there’s not much growth for FY2013, Tōkyō does stand a pretty good chance of surpassing Shibuya.

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                           AVG DAILY   AVG DAILY
                             ENTRIES     ENTRIES
RANK STATION                  FY2012      FY2011
==== ==================== ==========  ==========
  1  Shinjuku                742,833     734,154
  2  Ikebukuro               550,756     544,762
  3  Shibuya                 412,009     402,766
  4  Tōkyō                   402,277     380,997
  5  Yokohama                400,655     394,900
  6  Shinagawa               329,679     323,893
  7  Shinbashi               250,682     243,890
  8  Ōmiya                   240,143     235,744
  9  Akihabara               234,187     230,689
 10  Takadanobaba            201,765     199,741
 11  Kita-Senju              198,624     194,136
 12  Kawasaki                188,193     185,651
 13  Ueno                    183,611     174,832
 14  Yūrakuchō               164,929     162,252
 15  Tachikawa               157,468     155,868
 16  Hamamatsuchō            153,104     151,480
 17  Tamachi                 145,724     148,346
 18  Kichijōji               138,483     137,555
 19  Ōsaki                   138,311     127,838
 20  Kamata                  135,668     133,593
 21  Funabashi               134,366     133,774
 22  Gotanda                 130,633     127,996
 23  Ebisu                   130,241     128,555
 24  Nishi-Funabashi         126,834     125,276
 25  Nakano                  125,025     122,846
 26  Kashiwa                 119,064     118,611
 27  Machida                 110,543     109,042
 28  Musashi Kosugi          108,046     103,624
 29  Totsuka                 107,681     105,538
 30  Kokubunji               106,523     104,731
 31  Chiba                   104,646     104,788
 32  Fujisawa                104,300     102,054
 33  Meguro                  103,033     101,998
 34  Tsudanuma               101,771     101,327
 35  Kinshichō               101,250      99,167
 36  Ochanomizu              100,157     100,518
 37  Nippori                  99,875      96,747
 38  Matsudo                  98,287      98,161
 39  Ōimachi                  97,865      95,225
 40  Kanda                    97,779      99,307
 41  Ōfuna                    95,317      93,397
 42  Nishi-Nippori            94,884      93,891
 43  Ōmori                    91,774      90,946
 44  Iidabashi                91,359      90,763
 45  Mitaka                   90,253      89,295
 46  Yotsuya                  90,122      88,104
 47  Akabane                  88,140      87,346
 48  Ogikubo                  85,167      83,299
 49  Suidōbashi               83,706      82,133
 50  Hachiōji                 82,521      81,474
 51  Urawa                    80,269      78,807
 52  Musashi Mizonokuchi      79,533      76,774
 53  Kawaguchi                79,150      78,175
 54  Noborito                 78,075      76,259
 55  Tsurumi                  76,583      76,445
 56  Sugamo                   76,249      76,093
 57  Harajuku                 71,472      69,750
 58  Shin-Koiw                70,880      70,435
 59  Yoyogi                   70,418      69,466
 60  Maihama                  68,751      63,898
 61  Minami-Koshigaya         68,656      67,114
 62  Okachimachi              67,737      68,402
 63  Shin-Kiba                67,590      64,487
 64  Kita-Asaka               65,178      63,263
 65  Sakuragichō              63,823      61,288
 66  Musashi-sakai            62,706      61,021
 67  Koiwa                    62,347      62,052
 68  Hashimoto                61,127      60,241
 69  Ōji                      60,656      60,294
 70  Hiratsuka                60,643      59,757
 71  Ichikawa                 58,522      58,331
 72  Warabi                   58,056      57,476
 73  Nagatsuta                57,919      56,867
 74  Musashi Koganei          57,906      56,677
 75  Higashi-Totsuka          57,808      57,520
 76  Ichigaya                 57,555      56,956
 77  Minami-Urawa             57,499      56,408
 78  Shin-Yokohama            57,439      56,666
 79  Moto-Yawata              57,348      56,644
 80  Kannai                   55,725      55,610
 81  Kaihin Makuhari          55,681      53,772
 82  Kameido                  55,488      54,986
 83  Chigasaki                54,984      54,465
 84  Shin-Urayasu             54,516      53,655
 85  Tsujidō                  54,422      50,203
 86  Kunitachi                52,686      52,097
 87  Asakusabashi             52,259      51,475
 88  Ōtsuka                   51,963      51,861
 89  Kikuna                   51,612      50,595
 90  Nishi-Kawaguchi          51,497      50,522
 91  Kita-Urawa               49,958      49,524
 92  Inage                    49,465      49,472
 93  Kōenji                   48,341      48,055
 94  Musashi Urawa            47,236      6,290
 95  Komagome                 46,988      46,005
 96  Kanamachi                44,774      44,053
 97  Tabata                   44,155      43,129
 98  Asagaya                  43,538      43,096
 99  Kamakura                 42,038      40,041
100  Shin-Ōkubo               41,545      42,433
101  Saitama Shintoshin       41,155      40,251
102  Nishi-Ogikubo            41,101      40,133
103  Ageo                     40,999      40,395
104  Fuchinobe                40,435      39,350
105  Kameari                  39,483      38,988
106  Nakayama                 38,821      37,829
107  Higashi-Nakano           38,815      38,301
108  Kamoi                    38,443      37,828
109  Bubaigawara              38,382      37,598
110  Ryōgoku                  37,961      37,926
111  Mejiro                   37,684      37,355
112  Shin-Akitsu              37,403      36,928
113  Shin-Sugita              37,105      36,314
114  Kawagoe                  36,936      36,344
115  Shin-Matsudo             36,288      35,784
116  Kuki                     36,064      35,629
117  Jūjō                     35,285      34,044
118  Utsunomiya               35,018      34,023
119  Ishikawachō              34,571      34,148
120  Odawara                  33,835      32,469
121  Musashi Nakahara         33,785      33,182
122  Kōnandai                 33,103      33,307
123  Musashi Shinjō           32,939      31,667
124  Higashi-Kanagawa         32,553      31,615
125  Hodogaya                 32,412      31,932
126  Higashi-Ōmiya            31,694      30,845
127  Minami-Kashiwa           31,616      31,612
128  Soga                     31,298      30,513
129  Hirai                    31,088      30,874
130  Higashi-Kawaguchi        31,032      29,665
131  Itabashi                 30,973      30,168
132  Nishi-Hachiōji           30,900      30,543
133  Kumagaya                 30,852      30,644
134  Toda Kōen                30,811      29,750
135  Toyoda                   30,222      29,772
136  Hatchōbori               30,054      28,962
137  Abiko                    29,925      29,989
138  Takao                    29,883      29,968
139  Zushi                    29,084      28,642
140  Minami-Nagareyama        29,013      27,958
141  Takasaki                 28,733      27,710
142  Haijima                  28,465      28,076
143  Sagamihara               28,283      27,858
144  Mito                     28,041      26,699
145  Hino                     28,038      27,710
146  Higashi-Koganei          27,974      27,535
147  Toride                   27,768      28,315
148  Nishi-Kokubunji          27,485      26,804
149  Higashi-Urawa            27,183      26,763
150  Okegawa                  26,784      26,753
151  Shinanomachi             26,165      26,031
152  Akishima                 26,004      25,526
153  Makuhari Hongō           25,873      25,933
154  Shin-Kawasaki            25,347      25,227
155  Bakurochō                24,495      24,400
156  Yono                     24,417      24,299
157  Ōkubo                    24,387      23,997
158  Kita-Kogane              24,321      24,625
159  Mabashi                  24,256      24,325
160  Uguisudani               24,174      23,734
161  Inadazutsumi             23,875      23,202
162  Shin-Yahashira           23,615      23,255
163  Miyahara                 23,282      23,061
164  Nishi-Chiba              23,136      23,207
165  Shin-Kemigawa            22,894      22,873
166  Shimōsa Nakayama         22,710      22,885
167  Yotsukaidō               21,817      21,680
168  Higashi-Jūjō             21,772      21,628
169  Kobuchi                  21,685      21,313
170  Oyama                    21,481      20,947
171  Inage Kaigan             21,324      21,112
172  Hasuda                   21,132      20,921
173  Shin-Koyasu              21,083      20,536
174  Tennōdai                 21,045      21,334
175  Yōkōdai                  21,027      20,890
176  Negishi                  20,697      20,188
177  Kita-Matsudo             20,683      20,766
178  Tōka Ichiba              20,420      20,398
179  Ukima - Funado           20,155      19,463
180  Tsuga                    20,153      19,979
181  Kōnosu                   19,732      19,727
182  Kitamoto                 19,528      19,563
183  Kamatori                 19,291      19,016
184  Minami-Funabashi         19,260      19,147
185  Kita-Kashiwa             19,243      19,426
186  Hongōdai                 19,142      19,058
187  Naruse                   19,057      18,867
188  Higashi-Funabashi        18,869      18,563
189  Niiza                    18,739      17,834
190  Goi                      18,459      18,332
191  Sendagaya                18,426      20,008
192  Koshigaya Laketown       18,246      18,115
193  Isogo                    18,215      18,256
194  Yoshikawa                18,172      18,727
195  Kita-Toda                17,945      17,133
196  Shin-Nihonbashi          17,943      18,007
197  Toda                     17,373      16,985
198  Funabashi Hōten          17,367      16,860
199  Ōguchi                   17,320      16,941
200  Yamate                   17,307      7,226
201  Kita-Akabane             17,267      17,295
202  Yakō                     17,022      16,318
203  Fuchū Hommachi           16,922      16,565
204  Ozaku                    16,909      17,252
205  Hachiōji Minamino        16,787      16,769
     Kashimada                16,787      16,438
207  Higashi-Matsudo          16,687      15,405
208  Fussa                    16,416      15,984
209  Shin-Misato              16,293      16,498
210  Tsuchiura                16,233      16,055
211  Minami-Yono              15,901      15,612
212  Makuhari                 15,797      15,498
213  Minami-Senju             15,731      15,305
214  Ayase                    15,513      16,088
215  Nishi-Ōi                 15,150      14,743
216  Kemigawahama             15,136      15,220
217  Chiba Minato             14,956      14,559
218  Kagohara                 14,804      14,862
219  Kita-Ageo                14,752      14,411
220  Higashi-Tokorozawa       14,751      14,548
221  Misato                   14,625      14,287
222  Narita                   14,551      14,298
223  Mukaigawara              14,475      15,048
224  Nakanoshima              14,376      14,244
225  Kōfu                     14,277      13,608
226  Yono Hommachi            14,219      13,884
227  Hirama                   14,140      14,103
228  Hamura                   14,009      13,872
229  Sanuki                   14,001      14,030
230  Ninomiya                 13,927      13,861
231  Ushiku                   13,789      13,922
232  Toke                     13,765      13,847
233  Kita-Fuchū               13,696      13,490
234  Toro                     13,617      13,371
235  Kisarazu                 13,600      13,274
236  Koga                     13,589      13,437
237  Nishi-Urawa              13,379      13,243
238  Kuji                     13,352      13,170
239  Kabe                     13,287      13,120
240  Shiraoka                 12,924      12,936
241  Shin-Narashino           12,890      12,532
242  Nisshin                  12,764      12,389
243  Kamonomiya               12,671      12,525
244  Naka-Urawa               12,347      12,111
245  Yawatajuku               12,260      12,207
246  Kasai Rinkai Kōen        12,198      11,644
247  Katsuta                  12,173      11,803
248  Kurihashi                12,107      11,989
249  Shitte                   12,087      11,695
250  Hitachi                  11,693      11,182
251  Mobara                   11,501      11,346
252  Yabe                     11,480      11,323
253  Ichikawa Ōno             11,253      11,097
254  Shin-Kodaira             11,191      11,073
255  Sashiōgi                 11,143      11,264
256  Ōami                     10,722      10,693
257  Higashi-Washinomiya      10,707      10,844
258  Shiomi                   10,575       9,895
259  Anegasaki                10,483      10,537
260  Honjō                    10,410      10,440
261  Nakagami                 10,366      10,233
262  Sakura                   10,341      10,422
263  Aihara                   10,196      10,099
264  Fukaya                   10,161      10,273
265  Ebina                    10,008       9,418
266  Yaho                      9,914       9,608
267  Mikawashima               9,867       9,763
268  Kozukue                   9,715       9,592
269  Maebashi                  9,693       9,294
270  Nishi-Kunitachi           9,553       9,438
271  Fukiage                   9,464       9,528
272  Yanokuchi                 9,427       9,193
273  Hon-Chiba                 9,341       9,069
274  Atami                     9,239       8,871
275  Ōmika                     9,235       8,883
276  Kinugasa                  9,146       9,100
277  Nishifu                   9,027       8,205
278  Kita-Kamakura             8,849       8,473
279  Kimitsu                   8,508       8,535
280  Arakawa-oki               8,451       8,445
281  Kita-Yono                 8,091       8,147
282  Kita-Kōnosu               7,960       8,001
283  Minami-Furuya             7,908       7,879
284  Kita-Hachiōji             7,754       7,438
285  Oku                       7,743       7,644
286  Ōiso                      7,673       7,605
287  Itō                       7,661       7,403
288  Yagawa                    7,533       7,394
289  Akigawa                   7,408       7,310
290  Shukugawara               7,320       7,198
291  Kurihama                  7,104       6,938
292  Nishi-Ōmiya               7,030       6,221
293  Ōme                       6,993       6,951
294  Fujishiro                 6,984       7,095
295  Higashi-Nakagami          6,976       6,868
296  Kami-Nakazato             6,973       6,983
297  Hamano                    6,840       6,672
298  Hitachi Taga              6,824       6,454
299  Gyōda                     6,809       6,792
300  Higashi-Ōme               6,782       6,724
301  Samukawa                  6,700       6,584
302  Honda                     6,696       6,641
303  Inagi Naganuma            6,652       6,577
304  Ichikawa Shiohama         6,569       6,377
305  Minami-Tama               6,566       6,461
306  Atsugi                    6,525       6,106
307  Nishi-Tachikawa           6,500       6,361
308  Nagaura                   6,369       6,363
309  Kōzu                      6,289       6,364
310  Shin-Shiraoka             6,213       6,109
311  Yachimata                 6,203       6,126
312  Hitachino Ushiku          6,112       5,849
313  Yugawara                  6,071       5,976
314  Narita Airport            6,042       5,061
315  Iwaki                     5,996       4,175
316  Shin-Maebashi             5,877       5,789
317  Yokosuka                  5,761       5,710
318  Ishioka                   5,740       5,595
319  Akatsuka                  5,700       5,532
320  Kamimizo                  5,602       5,351
321  Higashi-Hannō             5,505       5,422
322  Kandatsu                  5,475       5,289
323  Ōtsuki                    5,418       5,153
324  Isesaki                   5,406       5,193
325  Nogi                      5,350       5,414
326  Uenohara                  5,267       5,273
327  Higashi-Zushi             5,218       5,198
328  Minami-Hashimoto          5,213       5,189
329  Tochigi                   5,206       5,038
330  Katakura                  5,121       5,126
331  Nasu - Shiobara           4,943       4,586
332  Kagawa                    4,937       4,795
333  Higashi-Akiru             4,839       4,809
334  Futamata Shinmachi        4,812       4,830
335  Ishibashi                 4,670       4,674
336  Sodegaura                 4,606       3,914
337  Komagawa                  4,585       4,516
338  Musashi Itsukaichi        4,584       4,509
339  Tōgane                    4,516       4,482
340  Tōkai                     4,475       4,328
341  Harataima                 4,417       4,133
342  Ushihama                  4,330       4,154
343  Hakonegasaki              4,264       4,112
344  Suzumenomiya              4,243       3,788
345  Etchūjima                 4,230       4,137
346  Mamada                    4,211       4,075
347  Musashi Hikida            4,070       3,946
348  Kohoku                    4,007       3,923
349  Monoi                     3,950       3,968
350  Airport Terminal 2        3,925       3,482
351  Koganei                   3,879       3,954
352  Kiryū                     3,845       3,717
353  Jichi Idai                3,771       3,791
354  Shinmachi                 3,710       3,740
355  Manazuru                  3,642       3,669
356  Tsudayama                 3,627       3,559
357  Nishi-Nasuno              3,621       3,527
358  Sawa                      3,606       3,401
359  Tomobe                    3,576       3,461
360  Fusa                      3,545       3,679
361  Shibukawa                 3,486       3,428
362  Chōshi                    3,395       3,366
363  Shimodate                 3,393       3,332
364  Ashikaga                  3,373       3,305
365  Sano                      3,319       3,315
366  Banda                     3,315       3,192
367  Okabe                     3,184       3,154
368  Musashi Takahagi          3,175       3,079
369  Jūō                       3,173       3,121
370  Takahagi                  3,145       3,064
371  Shisui                    3,119       3,055
372  Sawara                    3,117       3,071
373  Ajiki                     3,054       3,137
374  Ujiie                     3,007       2,910
375  Yaita                     2,987       2,983
376  Kazusa Ichinomiya         2,961       2,951
377  Narutō                    2,956       2,903
378  Kasahata                  2,942       2,863
379  Araki                     2,919       2,905
380  Matoba                    2,907       2,894
381  Komiya                    2,899       2,783
382  Jinbohara                 2,881       2,841
383  Takasaki Tonyamachi       2,818       2,658
384  Isawa Onsen               2,754       2,566
385  Kita-Chigasaki            2,736       2,659
386  Komagata                  2,723       2,640
387  Ogitsu                    2,695       2,657
388  Fujino                    2,655       2,691
389  Musashi Masuko            2,651       2,633
390  Nirasaki                  2,621       2,622
391  Sagami-ko                 2,559       3,293
392  Taura                     2,530       2,515
393  Uchihara                  2,490       2,213
394  Enokido                   2,473       2,479
395  Kuroiso                   2,397       2,364
396  Hatori                    2,261       2,230
397  Kobayashi                 2,252       2,278
398  Enzan                     2,184       2,141
399  Hōshakuji                 2,177       2,130
400  Kioroshi                  2,171       2,206
401  Higashi-Chiba             2,155       2,130
402  Sakaori                   2,144       2,063
403  Izumi                     2,141       1,928
404  Ryūō                      2,140       2,050
405  Miyayama                  2,133       2,043
406  Yūki                      2,116       2,100
407  Kaneko                    2,110       2,098
408  Isohara                   2,090       1,860
409  Yumoto                    2,075       1,659
410  Kanuma                    2,055       2,012
411  Ino                       2,024       2,036
412  Yōka Ichiba               1,973       1,952
413  Gumyō                     1,952       1,880
414  Tateyama                  1,951       1,963
415  Numata                    1,943       1,910
416  Ueda                      1,939       1,727
417  Shake                     1,928       1,761
418  Okamoto                   1,918       1,840
419  Iwane                     1,913       1,900
420  Annaka                    1,889       1,886
421  Shiotsu                   1,870       1,911
     Asahi                     1,870       1,871
423  Kurami                    1,837       1,720
424  Yamanashi-shi             1,814       1,748
425  Kadosawabashi             1,777       1,698
426  Honnō                     1,775       1,814
427  Yoshikawa Minami          1,714       1,474
428  Maebashi Ōshima           1,638       1,484
429  Ōhara                     1,615       1,661
430  Kuragano                  1,585       1,547
431  Saruhashi                 1,574       1,568
432  Kita-Takasaki             1,546       1,615
433  Aohori                    1,519       1,525
434  Gunma Sōja                1,463       1,442
435  Kumagawa                  1,425       1,438
436  Yokoshiba                 1,418       1,408
437  Awa Kamogawa              1,414       1,407
438  Kunisada                  1,405       1,317
     Kasama                    1,405       1,363
440  Hayakawa                  1,402       1,391
441  Kawasaki Shinmachi        1,355       1,336
442  Iwama                     1,341       1,350
443  Shin-Mobara               1,287       1,318
444  Omigawa                   1,286       1,281
     Tsuruta                   1,286       1,308
446  Nozaki                    1,277       1,260
447  Usami                     1,260       1,272
448  Hyūga                     1,258       1,294
449  Nishi-Kawagoe             1,257       1,210
450  Hatchōnawate              1,242       1,197
451  Katsuura                  1,212       1,174
452  Gunma Fujioka             1,185       1,166
     Takahama                  1,185       1,248
454  Nagata                    1,183       1,224
455  Imaichi                   1,170       1,163
456  Iwajuku                   1,162       1,111
457  Ōnuki                     1,149       1,139
458  Isobe                     1,142       1,148
459  Sōbudai-shita             1,141       1,035
460  Kinomiya                  1,140       1,131
461  Uchigō                    1,130       1,045
462  Shiozaki                  1,114       1,119
463  Iwase                     1,078       1,011
464  Shimomizo                 1,064       1,008
465  Matsuo                    1,063       1,050
466  Ōtsu-kō                   1,014         993
467  Kashima Jingū               995         906
468  Gunma Yawata                990         961
469  Hinatawada                  981         940
470  Namegawa                    973       1,028
     Yagihara                    973         956
472  Shimōsa Kōzaki              956         910
473  Torisawa                    926         944
474  Ajiro                       921         913
475  Gokan                       913         913
476  Higata                      887         912
477  Okutama                     885         877
478  Yatsumi                     871         878
479  Kazusa Minato               869         854
480  Nikkō                       851         815
481  Tomita                      845         823
482  Yamamae                     826         784
483  Nakoso                      774         806
484  Shimotsuke Ōsawa            763         770
485  Kawashima                   756         768
486  Iioka                       751         754
487  Kataoka                     750         725
488  Haguro                      729         765
489  Tamado                      718         707
490  Moro                        708         699
491  Ogose                       700         685
492  Shimōsa Manzaki             699         730
493  Mitake                      669         658
494  Izu Taga                    648         628
495  Minami-Nakagō               633         630
496  Niihari                     632         623
497  Onjuku                      599         593
498  Ogawamachi                  581         602
499  Chōjamachi                  576         578
500  Taitō                       530         534
501  Minamihara                  515         492
502  Matsuida                    501         501
503  Karasuyama                  480         515
504  Futamatao                   478         486
505  Katsunuma Budō-kyō          471         420
506  Minakami                    465         450
507  Matsugishi                  460         471
508  Kururi                      448         433
509  Shishido                    443         458
510  Chikura                     442         457
511  Kashima Soccer Stadium      428         354
512  Yorii                       399         376
513  Shimōsa Tachibana           396         391
514  Hatsukari                   393         380
515  Awa Katsuyama               390         393
516  Sasagawa                    373         385
517  Kamasusaka                  367         354
518  Itako                       352         325
519  Kodama                      332         339
520  Myōkaku                     326         355
521  Sanukimachi                 315         315
     Iwai                        315         313
523  Hota                        305         304
524  Ōgane                       300         322
525  Hamakanaya                  295         283
526  Nishi-Matsuida              289         311
527  Makuta                      281         272
528  Kori                        275         278
529  Yokokawa                    265         269
530  Tomiura                     250         239
531  Yokota                      226         221
532  Hatonosu                    220         210
533  Kazusa Okitsu               209         203
534  Inada                       205         212
535  Nako - Funakata             188         197
536  Awa Kominato                185         175
537  Fukuhara                    168         169
538  Awa Amatsu                  148         140
539  Kai Yamato                  139         132
540  Emi                          92          80
541  Wadaura                      90          96
542  Ubara                        82          80
543  Futomi                       69          72
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     TOTAL                15,869,333  15,600,513
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Fate of Imazato-suji Line extension to be determined before privatization
大阪市営地下鉄:今里筋線、民営化前に延伸判断へ

http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20130...10227000c.html

The fate of the proposed extension of the Ōsaka Municipal Subway Imazato-suji Line, a topic of debate that has been dragging on across multiple sessions of the Ōsaka City Council, will be determined by the city before it carries out privatization of the subway system. Up until now, Ōsaka City mayor Hashimoto Tōru has indicated that he would leave the decision about the extension up to the new private company taking over the subway, but in order to receive the needed two-thirds majority for the privatization, he’s changed his heart a bit. In September, the city will propose a motion to establish a working group to discuss the proposed extension in more detail, with a decision being made on the project as early as before the close of this fiscal year.

The Imazato-suji Line is the newest line in the network, opening in 2006 between Itakano (井高野) and Imazato (今里). It also happens to be the lowest-ridership line in the system, and the city had initially shelved the proposed 6.7 km extension from Imazato to Yuzato 6-chōme (湯里六丁目). The City Council has been lobbying to move the project forward, and several councilmembers have indicated they would oppose privatization if the extension was not guaranteed.

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I originally thought this was about a northern extension from Itakano, as I remember they were discussing that a few years ago... Didn’t even know they had an extension at the southern end on the table.
Just a thought - if the private sector takes over the subway, is service likely to suffer so that profits can be maximised, or are Japanese privatisations not quite as traumatic as they can be in the west?
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I think passengers going through Tokyo Station may increase quite a bit once the new Tōhoku Jūkan Line opens next year, since trains coming in from the Takasaki Line and Utsunomiya Line can now go all the way at least to Shinagawa Station, which means a lot more passengers coming in from the north getting off at Tokyo Station. Speaking of Tokyo Station, any news on when will the Yaesu side reconstruction be complete?
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While certainly the Tokyo Station improvements are a huge factor, I wonder if Yokohama Sta.'s ridership growth figures were slowed a bit due to the closing of the CIAL station building- it was an anchor on the west exit side of the station. I do see that the Okadaya Mores building will have a new tenant in Tokyu Hands opening in October (relocated from the area near Vivre21 and Daiei), which should help a bit with attracting more local foot traffic to the west exit, hopefully many of them coming by train.
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Construction of new Hakushima Station kicks into gear
「白島新駅」工事が本格化

http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/News/Tn201307260214.html

A small update on this project… Work on the new station on the JR San’yō Main Line and Astram Line scheduled to open in spring 2015 is beginning to ramp up, and they have begun work on the 120 m long, T-shaped connecting passage spanning National Route 54. In particular, the city will close the road for about an hour on the evenings of 2013.07.28 and 2013.07.29 to allow them to bring cranes out to erect the 35 m beams over the outbound lanes of the road. They’ve also begun excavation work for the Astram Line station, which will be a partially underground station located within the median of National Route 54. Meanwhile, JR is continuing work on the new platforms for the San’yō Main Line.





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Tangentially related, scenes at Hiroden’s recent 18th Annual Tram Festival (2013.06.09):

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Iyo Railway purchases credit card company
伊予鉄、日専連えひめを買収 再建へ鉄道事業と連携

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNZO...3A720C1LA0000/

On 2013.07.26, Iyo Railway, a local private railway in Matsuyama, Shikoku, announced that it had purchased credit card provider Nissenren Ehime (日専連えひめ) at a cost of ¥600 million. Nissenren Ehime’s business has been suffering as a result of a decline in consumer shopping, recording a loss of ¥96 million in FY2012, and will now seek restructuring under Iyo Railway, which hopes to improve the efficiency of the business and increase card membership by coordinating with its railway business. Starting 2013.10.01, the Nissenren Ehima will change its name to Iyotetsu Card Service, and the railway will have all 190,000 current card members switch over to a new credit card issued by the railway, Supica (スピカ).

The railway group will also consolidate its credit card payment operations. For the Rose Card credit card issues by department store Iyotetsu Takashimaya, part of the Iyo Railway group, payments are currently handled by Iyotetsu Takashimaya (lump-sum payments) and Nissenren Ehime (payment in installments), but the railway will now consolidate everything under Nissenren Ehime.

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FY2013 scenes on the Iyo Railway:

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New bikeshare program to launch in central Okayama City on 2013.07.27
コミュニティーサイクル27日開始 岡山市中心部

http://www.sanyo.oni.co.jp/news_s/ne...3072521244157/

This is a new community cycling program to launch in downtown Okayama featuring 140 lightweight three-speed bikes spread across 17 ports including the East Exit of JR Okayama Station. Each port will have about 10 bikes, although three of them will open a bit later in mid-August. The system will be in service 24 hours a day, and the cost maxes out at only ¥200 a day if you only rent it for one hour at a time. The rental system is FeliCa-based, so you just use the terminals at each of the ports to record your mobile phone number and register your FeliCa card (ICOCA, etc.). Monthly, half-year, and yearly rental plans are available.





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Okayama Electric Tramway action at Higashiyama Station, the terminus of the Higashiyama branch, including clips of the latest addition to the fleet, the “Momo 2” (2013.03.10):

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New Ōsaka Higashi Line station to break ground in FY2015
おおさか東線に新駅/JR長瀬-新加美駅間に15年度着工目指す

http://www.kensetsunews.com/?p=17268

A little bit more info on the new station on the Ōsaka Higashi Line previously mentioned a while back here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=5361

They are aiming to break ground in FY2015 if everything goes well. The station will be elevated, and will feature a side platform layout (capable of handling 8-car formations). Canopies will be provided over six carlengths of the platforms, with two elevators and four escalators. The conceptual designs were already completed in FY2013 by JR West Consultants (JR西日本コンサルタンツ), and they are now looking to contract out the detailed design as soon as possible, although it all depends on the progress made on land acquisition. The design and construction will be contracted out to JR West by Ōsaka Soto-Kanjō Railway (大阪外環状鉄道), the third-sector railway operating the JR Ōsaka Higashi Line.

Higashi-Ōsaka City is the project lead on the station plaza, and its expected that it will receive urban planning approvals sometime in mid-August.

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Some videos of the various construction work related to the Ōsaka Higashi Line… This project is quite a ways under the radar, and I hadn’t realized how much progress they’ve made.

First, some videos of the trackwork on the Gakken Toshi Line (Katamachi Line) (2013.02.23). They are quadruple-tracking the line between Hanaten and Shigino to segregate the Ōsaka Higashi Line and Gakken Toshi Line trains when the extension opens. This particular video was before they moved the Gakken Toshi Line track to elevated track near Hanaten.



Window view, same segment, but post-switchout (2013.06.30). The train enters the new elevated track at 0:40.



Work on the new platforms at Shigino Station (鴫野駅) (2013.06.01). Currently, this is a two-track, side platform station, but it is in the process of being converted into a four-track station with two side platforms on the outside and an island platform in the middle.



Platform canopy going up (2013.07.01):



Work at Shin-Ōsaka, where they are freshening up the former Platform 17 / 18 and converting it to Platform 15 / 16 in preparation for the Ōsaka Higashi Line extension to the station (2013.06.21):



Work on the new JR Awaji Station on the extension, which will become a transfer station with the existing Awaji Station on the Hankyū Kyōto Line and Senri Line (2013.03.23). This video also captures the ongoing transformation at Hankyū Awaji, which is being grade-separated to remove grade crossings and the flat junction and will eventually become a double-stacked viaduct like Keikyū Kamata.

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JR East temporarily stops sale of Suica usage statistics
スイカ履歴販売「説明欠けていた」JR東陳謝

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/net/news0/n...htm?from=ylist

There were a lot of privacy activists who were concerned about JR East announcing it would begin working with Hitachi to offer Suica usage statistics for sale to third parties, and the railway has said it will temporarily suspend sales. The railway will dispose of any data from Suica cardholders who request to not have their data provided included in the program.

As mentioned before, the database information being offered includes origin and destination stations, gender, age, date / time, and payment amount, but does not include names or addresses, but the railway has received about 150 complaints.

As a result, the railway published an official apology on their website and will temporarily halt sales of the data until after late September, removing from the database any cardholders who wish to withhold their usage data:
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2013/20130716.pdf

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Only 150 complaints… For over 43 million cards. It might be lower if they are only selling data for the Suica commuter passes, but still.
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JR East to install line-color LED indicators at Higashi-Kanagawa Station
色で路線を知らせるLED照明、JR東神奈川駅に納入

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNAS...20C13A7000000/

Official press release:
http://www.tlt.co.jp/tlt/press_relea...25/p130725.htm

Tōshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation (東芝ライテック) will supply special line-color indicators for JR East’s Higashi-Kanagawa Station, a four-track station (two island platforms) shared by the Keihin–Tōhoku Line and the Yokohama Line. The indicators will show blue for Keihin–Tōhoku Line arrivals and green for Yokohama Line arrivals, making it easier for passengers to understand what line the next arrival or departure is for and where it will stop.

In addition to the color indicators, the units will be integrated with standard platform lighting systems, and can reduce electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by about half compared to incandescent lighting systems if connected to light sensors and programmed on a schedule. The new indicators and lighting system will begin operation on 2013.09.15.

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Work begins on upgrades to Takatsuka Station
JR高塚駅:橋上駅舎化など工事の安全祈願祭−−東海道線 /静岡

http://mainichi.jp/area/shizuoka/new...40142000c.html

A ceremony to pray for the safety of construction workers and passengers was held on 2013.07.25 at this station on the Tōkaidō Main Line in Takatsukachō, Minami Ward, Hamamatsu City. Improvements are underway to construct a new platform bridge, a 610 sq m elevated station concourse, and a 4 m wide, 100 m long north-south public passage at the station, improving station access to and from the neighborhoods to the north. The new facilities, to be housed in a new station building a little west of the existing station building, will open at FY2014 close.

Hamamatsu City will serve as project lead, after signing a construction agreement with JR Central in September 2011. Including the cost of new station plazas at both the existing South Exit and the new North Exit, the project cost is approx. ¥2.75 billion.

The station sees approximately 5,000 daily boardings and alightings, and is located nearby the headquarters and manufacturing plant for automaker Suzuki. These upgrades will improve access from the north side of the station, as there is currently only one station entrance, located at the south side.
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nimoca breaks 2 million cards in circulation
交通系ICカード「nimoca」の発行枚数が200万枚を突破(ニモカ)

http://www.paymentnavi.com/paymentnews/33325.html

On 2013.07.16, the number of nimoca cards issued broke 2 million cards. The IC card system, rolled out by Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu), was originally targeted for 1 million cards in its fifth year after launch, but take-up has surpassed expectations, reaching 500,000 cards on 2009.10.29, 1 million cards on 2010.05.07, and 1.5 million cards on 2011.10.15. Circulation has now reached 2 million cards in five years and 2 months since launch.

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Official nimoca press release:
http://www.nishitetsu.co.jp/release/...a2millions.pdf

The card is accepted at 3,866 affiliated stores (as of 2013.07.16) within its home service areas. The breakdown of card types is as follows:

nimoca: 955,094 (47.8%)
Star nimoca: 944,593 (47.2%)
Credit nimoca: 100,392 (5.0%)
Total: 2,000,079

The standard nimoca only accrues points for rail and bus travel, while the latter two also accrue points when the card is used as e-money when shopping.

Some nimoca ferret videos:

Lonely at Nishitetsu’s Fukuoka terminal in Tenjin:



Visiting the Kego Jinja shrine (警固神社) to pray for students’ success in college entrance examinations (2013.01.14):

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First switchout for Rakusai-guchi Station grade-separation coming in October
阪急京都線洛西口駅付近の連立事業、10月26日から上り線高架化…下り線は2015年度

http://response.jp/article/2013/07/25/202906.html

On 2013.07.25, Kyōto City and Hankyū Corporation announced that they will switch out the inbound (Kyōto-bound) track of the Hankyū Kyōto Line to new elevated track with the start of service on 2013.10.26. This is part of the continuous grade-separation project for the line between Higashi-Mukō and Katsura Stations, encompassing 2.0 km in and around Rakusai-guchi Station. About 1.6 km of that will be elevated, including Rakusai-guchi Station, eliminating three grade crossings. The new elevated station will feature faregates and a concourse at ground level, with a two-track, two platform (side platform) layout at the second level. The station will also include escalators and elevators for accessibility.

As this is only the first switchout, the grade crossings will still remain in place, although it’s expected that delays to cross traffic at the crossings will be reduced by 30-40%. There will be no changes to the train schedule. The outbound (Ōsaka-bound) track will be elevated sometime in FY2015.



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http://holdings.hankyu-hanshin.co.jp...01307253N2.pdf
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JR East to resubmit BRT conversion plan for damaged Yamada Line
山田線のBRT化、再提案へ JR東日本

http://www.kahoku.co.jp/news/2013/07/20130726t35002.htm

During an exclusive interview with Kahoku Shimpō on 2013.07.25, the president of JR East’s Morioka office indicated that he plans to resubmit a proposal to convert the Yamada Line, currently not in operation due to damage from the earthquake and tsunami, to a bus rapid transit (BRT) line. Four local governments along the line have rejected the railway’s previous proposals for BRT conversion of 55.4 km of the line (Miyako – Kamaishi)

The railway reiterated that it has not given up on completely returning the line to rail service, but that BRT is an interim solution that will secure passenger convenience. They are currently reviewing the scope and schedule of the proposal based on the results of BRT conversion projects on the Ōfunado Line and Kesennuma Line. However, the local governments are still focused on returning the line to functioning rail service, and are considering ways to increase train ridership. After initial discussions failed, the railway had originally said it would abandon BRT conversion plans.
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Old July 29th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #5837
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MLIT, TMG consider expanded late-night service for Tōkyō subway
東京の地下鉄、終電遅く JRとの乗り継ぎ改善

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNAS...3A720C1MM8000/

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government are considering expanded late-night service for the Tōkyō Metro and Toei Subway by FY2015. The effort would push back the last subway trains serving major central Tōkyō terminals such as Shinjuku and Shibuya to bring them closer in line with JR and the private railways, as well as improve transfers between lines. They are also considering expanding the transfer discounts for passengers changing between the two subway systems. The MLIT and TMG are at odds regarding a full consolidation of the two systems, but they will prioritize passenger service improvements in the meantime.

For example, the last Chūō–Sōbu Local Line trains departing Shinjuku are at 1:01 am, but the last Tōkyō Metro Marunouchi Line train is at 12:22. Extending service out another 30 minutes would improve transfers with JR. While there are some within the TMG who are pushing for 24-hour service, this would require overcoming several obstacles, such as the need for additional tracks. An extension of late-night service is much more realistic and would still achieve the goals of revitalizing Tōkyō. Other issues on the table include increasing the fare discount for passengers transferring between the two systems, currently set at ¥70. This would be the first change for the discount since 2000.

Extension of late-night service requires discussions with labor unions, while an expanded transfer discount program will require securing additional funding. As a result, the improvements would be expected to take effect in FY2015 at the earliest.
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Man’yō Line looking to introduce ICOCA
新幹線開業後 万葉線はICカード”ICOCA”導入へ

http://www.tulip-tv.co.jp/news/detai...20130730171140

The mayor of Imizu City has indicated that he wants to introduce ICOCA, JR West’s IC farecard system, to the Man’yō Line tramway linking JR Takaoka Station and Imizu City in an effort to improve convenience for visitors arriving by Shinkansen to get around Toyama Prefecture.

As we already know, Toyama Prefecture has already expressed interest in introducing ICOCA to zairaisen lines in the Hokuriku region. The system would be rolled out after the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen extension and the transfer of zairaisen lines over to the Toyama Prefecture’s third-sector railway, the Ai no Kaze Toyama Railway (あいの風とやま鉄道). The Man’yō Line would piggyback on these plans through coordination with the third-sector railway and Takaoka City. The mayor of Imizu City says he hopes to launch the system as early as FY2015.

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The article has a video report.

There’s also another one here:
http://www2.knb.ne.jp/news/20130730_37353.htm

Man’yō Line scenes (2013.02.05):

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Kinki Sharyō to open new Palmdale factory for Los Angeles Metro LRV order
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/s...les-order.html

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USA: The Los Angeles Metro board approved the exercise of two options to purchase a total of 97 light rail vehicles from KinkiSharyo International on July 25, triggering a contract provision which requires the supplier to establish a factory in LA County.

The $396•7m firm order follow from an initial tranche of 78 cars worth $299m ordered under a framework deal for up to 235 LRVs potentially valued at $890m which was agreed in April 2012. The LRVs are needed for the expansion of Metro's light rail network, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the decade, and also to replace cars dating from the late 1980s and 1990s which will be reaching the end of their life cycle.

The new factory is to be built in Palmdale, 100 km north of Los Angeles. It will include a bodyshell fabrication facility, and is expected to create around 250 permanent jobs. The company also plans to move its US headquarters from Massachusetts to the Los Angeles suburb of El Segundo.

KinkiSharyo has previously assembled 512 cars in the USA, beginning with Boston in the late 1980s. These were followed by orders from Dallas, Hudson-Bergen LRT, Newark City Subway, San Jose, and more recently Seattle and Phoenix. Each contract has been carried out in a locally-sourced 'pop-up' plant or at the customer's maintenance facilities, using bodyshells supplied from Japan.
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Groundbreaking for replacement Yamashita Station
内陸移転の新駅で整備工事着工 宮城・山元町

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/s/article/...101001013.html

On 2013.07.31, a ceremony was held to commemorate the groundbreaking of a new Yamashita Station in Yamamoto Town (山元町), Miyagi Prefecture. Located in the southern part of the Sendai area, this is one of the stations on the Jōban Line that was damaged in the tsunami and will now be relocated about 1 km inland, and will include about 300 units of public housing for residents affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The area planned for the station was actually slightly flooded by the tsunami, so they will raise the ground level by about 2 m. Completion is scheduled for late March 2015.

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Abandoned Yamashita Station:

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