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Old December 19th, 2009, 12:14 PM   #681
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JR East service changes for March 13, 2010
http://www.jreast.co.jp/press/2009/20091215.pdf

Here's the full details of what Ekowc summarized up above. JR East is really beefing up N'EX service to compete with the New Skyliner… 15 new roundtrips, plus more stops and ticketless service.

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In March 2010, JR East will launch schedule changes primarily in the Greater Tōkyō area, including more trains and introduction of new rolling stock on the Narita Express, the opening of Musashi Kosugi Station on the Yokosuka Line, and increased trains during the morning and evening periods.

More trains on the limited express Narita Express
In addition to continuing introduction of E259 series trains—the latest rolling stock, debuting in October 2009—to provide a comfortable travel environment for our customers, we will increase the number of trains to all destinations on the service. As a result, the pleasure and convenience of rail access to Narita Airport will improve even further. By the summer of 2010, we expect to exchange all trains on the Narita Express with new E259 series trains.

In addition, we will launch a new ticketless service using mobile phones through EkiNet, the online JR ticket application service provided by JR East. Details of the program will be relayed separately through the EkiNet homepage (www.eki-net.com) as we determine them.
  • Trains to / from Shinjuku and Yokohama will operate at 30-minute headways each in both directions:
    • Four (4) additional roundtrips to / from Shinjuku (21 roundtrips → 25 roundtrips)
    • Nine (9) additional roundtrips to / from Yokohama (17 roundtrips → 26 roundtrips)
  • One (1) additional roundtrip between Tōkyō and Narita Airport (26 roundtrips → 27 roundtrips)
  • One (1) additional Chūō Line through-service roundtrip (1 roundtrip → 2 roundtrip)
  • All trains stop at Shinagawa, Shibuya, and Musashi Kosugi
    • Shinagawa Station: 39 trains → 54 trains
    • Shibuya Station: 12 trains → 50 trains
    • Musashi Kosugi Station: 0 trains → 52 trains

Musashi Kosugi Station on the Yokosuka Line opens for service
A new Musashi Kosugi Station (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture) will open on the Yokosuka Line between Nishi-Ōi and Shin-Kawasaki.

The new station will be connected by passage to the Nambu Line’s Musashi Kosugi Station, allowing for transfers between the two lines, creating a new network of passenger flow between the Nambu Line and Yokosuka Line / Shōnan-Shinjuku Line, and improving access to Tōkyō, Shinjuku, and Yokohama.
  • All trains on the Yokosuka Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line (special rapid and rapid services included), and Narita Express will stop at the station.
  • Travel times:
    • Musashi Kosugi – Tōkyō: approx. 17 min
    • Musashi Kosugi – Shinjuku: approx. 18 min
    • Musashi Kosugi – Yokohama: approx. 10 min
  • An additional train will be added to the Yokosuka Line between Ōfuna and Tōkyō (departing from Ōfuna, bound for Chiba), reducing congestion during the morning rush hour (7:50 to 8:50 at Shinagawa Station). As a result, peak trains per hour will increase from 9 to 10. The new train departs Ōfuna at 7:25, arriving at Tōkyō at 8:14.
  • With the opening of Musashi Kosugi Station on the Yokosuka Line, an additional train will be added to the Nambu Line (departing from Nishi-Kunitachi, bound for Kawasaki), reducing congestion during the morning rush hour (7:30 to 8:30 at Musashi Nakahara Station). As a result, peak trains per hour will increase from 24 to 25. The new train departs Nishi-Kunitachi at 7:05, arriving at Kawasaki at 8:02.

Improved convenience on the Tōkyō Megaloop
  • Increased through-service trains between the Yokohama Line and Negishi Line during the morning commute period. During the morning commute period, three (3) additional through-service roundtrips onto the Negishi Line will be provided, improving convenience for commuters traveling from along the Yokohama Line to Yokohama and Sakuragichō Station.
  • More rapid trains on the Yokohama Line during the midday periods. One (1) additional rapid roundtrip per hour will be provided during the midday periods, improving access to Shin-Yokohama, Machida Station, and other locations along the line.
  • More through-service Tōkyō-bound trains from the Musashino Line. One (1) additional Tōkyō-bound through-service roundtrip per hour will be provided during the midday periods, improving access from the Musashino Line areas to Tōkyō and the Tōkyō waterfront area.

Other improvements
  • More trains on lines throughout Greater Tōkyō
    • Reduced congestion and improved convenience through increased trains and other service improvements during the evening periods, etc. to lines throughout Greater Tōkyō
      • Reduced congestion on the Keihin-Tōhoku Line through additional trains during the evening periods.
      • Reduced congestion on the Nambu Line through extended service area during the evening periods.
      • One (1) additional through-service roundtrip during the midday period from the Sōbu Line rapid to the Uchibō Line.
      • Two (2) additional roundtrips on Saturdays and Sundays between the Saikyō Line and Rinkai Line.
    • New rolling stock
      • Continuing from last fiscal year, we will continue introduction of wide-bodied E233 series trains to the Keihin-Tōhoku Line / Negishi Line, relieving congestion inside trains. As of the end of last fiscal year, 480 cars had been introduced, with an additional 350 cars introduced this fiscal year, replacing the entire line fleet of 830 cars with new rolling stock (Complete replacement of the line fleet is expected on January 25, 2010).
      • Starting in summer 2010, wide-bodied E233 series trains will be introduced onto the Keiyō Line, relieving congestion inside trains.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 08:25 AM   #682
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Yes I've always felt that there should be a more NEX trains each day. I wonder who's going to win in this upcoming war? NEX has more options, in terms of destinations, while Skyliner is faster. But, the new NEX trains are supposed to be more comfortable than the new Skyliner trains right? Do you know if JR is going to renovate the Narita airport stations?


Concerning Haneda airport access, you're right, the asakusa bypass line would be really great. But I've taken both options from Haneda multiple times. The monorail, by far, is much more comfortable and an ease on the mind. The express service doesn't stop at any stations, it's just a nice 18- minute stress-free ride to hamamatsucho. Plus the monorail has a station at each terminal, whereas Keikyu has only one station for both terminals, of course they will finish their version of an interational terminal station. Plus, the view from the monorail is great and makes Tokyo look quite impressive from the huge oversized windows. They also have very cute-voiced girls announcing train arrivals and information on the platform.. I just think the monorail is a much better gateway into Tokyo for international passengers. That's why I really hope they get going with the Asakusa bypass and a monorail extension to Tokyo station. Also, just curious if there are any plans to extend the yurikamome to Tokyo station, since Shinbashi is kind of a weird place to end, seems like 99% passengers are transferring to Tokyo station or another big station like Shinagawa and then go to Shinbashi, exit the building and then take the long escalators to finally get to the shinbashi terminal.



Thanks for the link. Sounds good, a through service through western Tokyo and then all the way to saitama through Tobu and Seibu is really quite mind-blowing to me. Although, it seems like they could make through service with the namboku and Mita lines. Maybe it's just fantasy, but it should be possible. And how about the ikegami line, does it have any through-service potential, suprisingly quite a few people work there. I'm kinda confused though how this new extension from tamagawa goes to the airport, it shares with the keikyu airport line? Or everybody has to transfer at a new station to the keikyu kamata station, because of the different gauge tracks?



The grade-seperation, I guess is really good, does it also allow for the trains to run at a slighter faster speed?


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Yes I've always felt that there should be a more NEX trains each day. I wonder who's going to win in this upcoming war? NEX has more options, in terms of destinations, while Skyliner is faster. But, the new NEX trains are supposed to be more comfortable than the new Skyliner trains right? Do you know if JR is going to renovate the Narita airport stations?
At the risk of sounding cheeky, ultimately, it will be the passenger who wins. Both Keisei and JR have their own strengths… Keisei in speed and price, JR in connectivity. As a result of the competition, we now have a 36-minute airport trip on the New Skyliner, 30-minute N’EX frequencies on the JR network, new Keisei commuter EMUs, two of the most comfortable and attractive airport-access trains anywhere, and improved stations at the airport and Nippori.

I haven’t heard of anything about JR renovating their side of the stations, but Keisei already opened the extra platform at Airport Terminal 2 Station and is finishing up an additional platform at Narita Airport Station.

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I'm kinda confused though how this new extension from tamagawa goes to the airport, it shares with the keikyu airport line? Or everybody has to transfer at a new station to the keikyu kamata station, because of the different gauge tracks?
None of it has been decided, if it even gets built. I believe they were looking at two options: variable-gauge rolling stock, or some form of cross-platform transfer.

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The grade-seperation, I guess is really good, does it also allow for the trains to run at a slighter faster speed?
Not really sure... Probably depends, but grade-separation isn’t really done for speed. You might get some very small time-savings benefits through track design so that the trains can maintain higher speeds on curves, etc., but I doubt it would be anything noticeable.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 07:28 AM   #684
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JR West and Keihan agree to ICOCA combined commuter pass
http://www.asahi.com/kansai/travel/n...912160014.html

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On December 15, JR West and Keihan Electric Railway announced that they will begin selling a combined commuter pass for both companies using JR West’s IC farecard ICOCA, which allows for touch-and-go access through automatic faregates. JR West expects to begin selling the commuter passes at its ticket windows in May of next year, followed by Keihan the following year.

Combined commuter passes allowing for transfer between private railways and JR West currently exist only in magnetic card form. The transition from magnetic farecards to ICOCA will allow users to pass through faregates at transfer stations without having to take the pass out of their wallet or pass holder. After Keihan installs ICOCA ticket machines at all of its stations in 2011, the railway will offer not only commuter passes but also regular ICOCA cards for purchase.

JR West says it plans on lobbying Kansai’s other private railways to expand ICOCA-based combined commuter passes.

In addition, JR West also announced that it will consider introducing a post-pay system similar to the one used for PiTaPa, the IC card accepted by Keihan, other Kansai private railways, and transportation bureaus. In July 2006, ICOCA and PiTaPa launched interoperability, allowing users with one of the cards to use lines accepting the other, but this latest campaign is intended to strengthen coordination between the two systems.
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JR West service changes scheduled for December 18, 2009
http://www.westjr.co.jp/news/newslis...218_kaisei.pdf

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With the completion of the double-tracking of the Sagano Line between Kyōto and Sonobe, travel time will decrease. Additional rapid trains will also be provided during the morning and evening commute periods, improving convenience for passengers commuting to work and school.
  • During the morning commute period, two (2) additional rapid trains will be provided from Sonobe Station to Nijō and Kyōto, increasing frequency to approximately every 12 minutes. As a result, commuting to work and school from the Sonobe and Kameoka areas to Nijō and Kyōto will improve even further. With the elimination of the need to wait for passing trains, travel time between Kyōto and Sonobe on the fastest trains will be reduced by four minutes from 42 minutes to 38 minutes.
  • During the morning commute period, two (2) additional rapid trains will be provided from Kyōto Station to Kameoka and Sonobe, and travel time will be reduced by eleven minutes to 38 minutes from 49 minutes.
  • During the evening commute period, two (2) additional rapid trains will be provided from Kyōto Station to Kameoka and Sonobe, improving frequency to every 30 minutes.
Cab view of a local train from Kyōto to Kameoka. The 20 km journey takes 30 min. This was before the completion of double-tracking, so you can see the new track being prepared in several locations along the line.
Source: HINTEL242 on YouTube

Part 1: Kyōto – Nijō


Part 2: Nijō – Uzumasa


Part 3: Uzumasa – Hozukyō


Part 4: Hozukyō – Kameoka
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MLIT identifies Naniwasuji Line alignment alternatives as constructible
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/bus...2212033-n1.htm

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On December 18, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s (MLIT) Kinki Transport Bureau announced that all three alignment currently under consideration for the proposed Naniwasuji Subway Line, which would improve access between central Ōsaka and Kansai International Airport (KIX), are constructible. The alignment from JR Shin-Ōsaka Station to JR Namba Station via a proposed “Kita-Umeda Station” (temporary name; Kita Ward, Ōsaka City) could be connected directly with the existing underground station at Namba. In contrast, the two alignments connecting to nearby Shiomibashi Station or Nankai Namba Station on the Nankai Electric Railway would require constructing new tracks and stations underground. The Bureau will now evaluate the financial feasibility of the new line after estimating project cost and ridership demand.

The Bureau reported the results of its studies at a working group meeting of real-world experts held inside Ōsaka City to consider Kansai railway access. Intermediate stations are being considered at locations connecting to existing rail lines—near Nakatsu (Kita Ward), Fukushima (Fukushima Ward), Nakanoshima (Kita Ward), Nishi-Honmachi (Chūō Ward), and Nishi-Ōhashi (Chūō Ward). Decisions on intermediate stations will be made after considering the full picture, including the travel time to KIX, ridership projections, and functionality as an urban railway.

According to the Bureau’s constructability study, the alignment to JR Namba Station, which already has underground platforms, can be accomplished both physically and spatially by simply connecting the new track with the existing track. However, Nankai Shiomibashi Station is located aboveground, requiring undergrounding of the station structure and other facilities in order to connect it to the new line. For Nankai Namba Station, located three stories above ground level, a new underground station would need to be constructed, connecting to the Nankai Main Line as a “bypass” line. Although the area is home to underground shopping malls, the Bureau determined that this alignment was also spatially feasible.

In contrast to the JR West alignment, which can connect to the new line without new facilities, the two Nankai Electric Railway alignments could see inflated project costs. The policy of the working group meeting, however, is to consider the framework—such as the project lead entity and funding arrangements—when selecting the preferred alignment. Meeting Chairman and Kinki University professor Saitō Takahiko says, “We will be evaluating the feasibility of each alternative by considering each alignment’s functionality as an access route to KIX and as an urban railway.”
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Namba Line wins top award from the Ōsaka Chamber of Commerce
http://www.asahi.com/national/update...912170103.html

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This year’s top catalyst for the revitalization of Ōsaka is the Hanshin Namba Line.

In the Ōsaka Revitalization Grand Prix 2009 held on December 17, the Ōsaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry selected Hanshin Electric Railway, which opened the Namba Line in March of this year. A special award was given to Aqua Metropolis Ōsaka 2009 held this summer and other recipients, and the statue of Colonel Sanders—which was lifted from the bottom of the Dōtombori River for the first time in 24 years this spring and served as a mascot for Aqua Metropolis Ōsaka—made a special appearance at the award ceremony.

With the opening of the Namba Line, Hanshin Electric Railway established a regional network connecting Kōbe and Nara via Ōsaka and contributed to the revitalization of the Kansai area, said the Chamber of Commerce. “We’ll be planning lots of events to break through the second-year jinx,” said President Sakai Shin’ya at a press conference.

A special award was given to Aqua Metropolis Ōsaka 2009 and Waterfront Revitalization Project, held for 52 days from this summer to autumn. The statue of Colonel Sanders that was “cheerleader” for the events received the award and made an appearance at the press conference. “With an indomitable spirit, I’ve persevered through ups and downs, but after being discovered by Ōsaka City, I’ve made a miraculous return to life,” said representatives from Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan, reading a piece written from the point of view of the Colonel.

Another special award was given to Iyama Yūta, born in Higashi-Ōsaka City, Ōsaka Prefecture, who became the youngest go grandmaster in history at the age of 20. The Grand Prix Award recipients are selected by top executives of Ōsaka’s media world.
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Himeji City residents brainstorm ideas for monorail display
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/hyo...OYT8T00052.htm

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In regards to the Himeji City Monorail, beloved as a mode of travel by city residents in the 1960s and unveiled to the public once more for one day only in November inside Tegarayama Central Park in Nishi-Nobusue, the city has completed a survey to determine what citizens think the proposed permanent display should look like. Approximately 500 respondents submitted ideas such as producing special goods based on the theme of the former monorail and improving the convenience of public transport access to the display location. With a growing interest in “Shōwa retro,” the city, which is currently evaluating possible PR strategies, says, “The response has been more positive than we expected, and we’d like to bounce off some of the ideas.”

The survey was form-based. During the one-day display 12,000 people visited, more than double the approximately 5,000 visitors the city had initially been expecting. A total of 483 people from teenagers to 70 year-olds answered the 13 questions regarding PR strategy and the logistics of the permanent display.

In response to the question “How can we make the monorail a landmark of the city?” visitor responses included the following:
“The signage directing people from the nearest station to the display location should be easy-to-understand…”
“Buy out ad space in railroad magazines and focus PR efforts on the large population in Tōkyō…”
“Appeal to railfans by selling limited-supply souvenirs…”

In response to the question “What form of display is best?” visitor responses included designing a special “simulation” corner to allow visitors to experience riding the monorail, recreating stations in their former glory with the surviving platform and signs, and providing railway models.

When asked about what types of goods would be best, in addition to typical souvenirs such as T-shirts or keyholders, visitors also requested photo books, DVDs, and toy trains.

The city is aiming for public display in FY2011, and has been brainstorming ideas with the firm hired to design the exhibit. “It’s clear that there’s a lot of strong feelings for the monorail. It’s encouraging for us, as we try and design a facility that appeals to visitors from all generations, young and old,” said the city’s Green Implementation Office.
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Committee devises strategy to increase Hiromi Line ridership
http://chubu.yomiuri.co.jp/news_kan/kan091204_7.htm

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In the issue of the fate of the section of the Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) Hiromi Line between Shin-Kani and Mitake Stations, the strategic committee formed by the three local jurisdictions (Kani City, Mitakechō, and Yaotsuchō) met in Mitakechō on December 3 for the 6th committee session. The attending parties agreed to designate three years starting next fiscal year as the revitalization program period, and set an annual ridership goal for the third year of the program (FY2012) at approx. 1.11 million passengers, approx. 40,000 more than the ridership performance for FY2008.

In September, the three city and town leaders met with representatives from Meitetsu. Of the projected annual operating deficit of approx. ¥200 million for the three-year period starting next fiscal year, the elected officials agreed to provide annual funding to the amount of ¥100 million (Kani City: ¥30 million; Mitakechō: ¥70 million).

Approximately 30 representatives from the three local jurisdictions attended the session on December 3. In terms of specific efforts, in addition to promoting use of the line for daytrips and fieldstrips by school students and nursery schoolchildren, and events by financial groups, attendees also identified the need to improve the environment surrounding stations, strengthen citizen support systems, and encourage a shift in commuters from private automobiles to the train.

At the session, a representative from Kani City emphasized the need to strengthen awareness of the train in citizens’ daily lives, saying, “We collected 20,000 signatures in a petition to preserve the line last year, but that number isn’t reflected in the annual ridership.” A representative from another city said, “If we are pumping ¥100 million into the line during these tough financial times, we have a duty to make sure that we produce an annual ridership increase of 40,000. We should publish performance results half-yearly and call on citizens to use the line.”

Committee chairman and Mitakechō town chief Watanabe Kimio said, “We want each and every one of us to ask ourselves what we can do to keep the line running, and then take action.”

According to Meitetsu, the highest daily ridership in the last ten years was observed in FY1998, when the line carried 3,711 passengers. The number for FY2008 was 2,234 passengers, a 39.8 percent decrease. The former Yaotsu Line (Akechi – Yaotsu) that also connected Shin-Kani and Mitake Stations was abandoned in 2001.
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Experimental late night service for Yamanashi
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/dis...1720011-n1.htm

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In response to demands for inexpensive public transport services after going out for a drink, the Committee for Experimental Trials of the Use of the Public Transportation System to Eliminate Drunk Driving—formed of the Kōfu Chamber of Commerce & Industry and local food and beverage retail associations—will launch an experimental trial starting December 18 to increase late night service on bus routes connecting Kōfu City and Minami-Alps City.

With advice from operator Yamanashi Kōtsū and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), an additional 23:15 bus will be added after the current last regular-service fixed-route bus between JR Kōfu Station and Ogasawara, Minami-Alps City (departs Kōfu Station at 22:30), which usually has high ridership already. The trial service will operate until February 26, 2010 every Friday, when more people enjoy a drink. Fares are ¥650 for adults (Kōfu Station to Minami-Alps City).

During the trial period, the Committee will conduct surveys of users inside buses. According to Yamanashi Kōtsū, the company in the past ran similar trial services on other routes, and would consider reevaluating the schedule for its last buses if there is sufficient ridership demand.
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Tōbu Railway signs deals for planetarium theatre and aquarium at Tōkyō Sky Tree
http://www.tobu.co.jp/file/2231/091215-2.pdf
http://www.tobu.co.jp/file/2232/091215-1.pdf

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Tōbu Railway Co., Ltd., (HQ: Sumida Ward, Tōkyō) and Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (HQ: Chiyoda Ward, Tōkyō) have signed a memorandum of understanding whereby Konica Minolta will open a cutting-edge, multi-function dome theater (temporarily known as Konica Minolta TOKYO Planetarium) in the East Block multi-purpose, mixed-use facility of the Tōkyō Sky Tree Project in the Narihirabashi / Oshiage area of Sumida Ward, Tōkyō, being undertaken by Tōbu Railway and Tōbu Tower Sky Tree Co., Ltd.

The Tōkyō Sky Tree Project, as our “Rising East Project,” involves the development of a multi-purpose, mixed-use facility centered on the 634 m tall Tōkyō Sky Tree in an area with a rich heritage of Edo Tōkyō culture. The project is based on the concepts of “atelier community,” “friendly community,” and “open community,” and is scheduled to open in spring 2012. As the central facility for an “open community,” the Konica Minolta TOKYO Planetarium will open as a cutting-edge, multi-function dome theater, attracting tourists and customers.

The Konica Minolta TOKYO Planetarium steps beyond the boundaries of previous dome facilities centered on planetariums and is aiming to make use of interior space for a variety of uses, such as the distribution of an array of entertainment content through its dome screen. As a new community space, the theater will provide high-quality entertainment and an opportunity for social exchange to customers visiting from throughout Japan and across the globe, as well as local residents.

Specific facility information, operation plans, the official name, and other details will be released as they are determined.

Facility name: Konica Minolta TOKYO Planetarium
Dome diameter: 18m
Capacity: approx. 220 seats
Operator: Konica Minolta Planetarium Co., Ltd.
Opening date: Spring 2012
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Tōbu Railway Co., Ltd., (HQ: Sumida Ward, Tōkyō) and ORIX Real Estate Corp. (HQ: Minato Ward, Tōkyō) have signed a memorandum of understanding whereby ORIX Real Estate will operate a Sumida Aquarium (temporary name) in the West Block multi-purpose, mixed-use facility of the Tōkyō Sky Tree Project in the Narihirabashi / Oshiage area of Sumida Ward, Tōkyō, being undertaken by Tōbu Railway and Tōbu Tower Sky Tree Co., Ltd.

The Tōkyō Sky Tree Project, as our “Rising East Project,” involves the development of a multi-purpose, mixed-use facility centered on the 634 m tall Tōkyō Sky Tree in an area with a rich heritage of Edo Tōkyō culture. The project is based on the concepts of “atelier community,” “friendly community,” and “open community,” and is scheduled to open in spring 2012. As the central facility for a “friendly community,” the Sumida Aquarium will not only function simply as an exhibit-based aquarium, but also as an “urban” aquarium with relaxation space and educational functions.

Since April 2004, ORIX Real Estate has operated the Enoshima Aquarium, a private finance initiative (PFI) project with Kanagawa Prefecture. As an “edutainment” aquarium, the facility is garnering attention as an aquarium that is closely tied to the surrounding region, actively conducting events, shows, and hands-on learning programs.

ORIX Real Estate will open the Sumida Aquarium in an area that has a culture of connections with water and fish centered on the Sumida River. In order to ensure that visitors can experience the aquarium in their daily lifestyles, ORIX Real Estate will take advantage of its operational knowhow from Enoshima Aquarium and develop the new facility as a locus of culture, social exchange, and activity treasured by local residents and a “platform” for environmental education beyond the framework of school education, communicating and creating a new lifestyle.

Specific facility information, operation plans, the official name, and other details will be released as they are determined.

Facility name: Sumida Aquarium
Location: Floors 5 and 6 of the West Block Commercial Facility Tower inside a multi-purpose, mixed-use facility
Lease space: approx. 7,800 sq m (incl. backyard)
Opening date: Spring 2012
Official website of the Tōkyō Sky Tree Project: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/
The project thread is here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=346504
The project is being financed by the railway.

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Tōbu agrees to Kasukabe elevation project
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/sa...902000088.html

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At a Board of Directors meeting, Tōbu Railway (HQ: Sumida Ward, Tōkyō) has consented to Saitama Prefecture’s Final Master Plan for the Kasukabe Station Grade-Separation Project in Kasukabe City. As a result of roadway congestion caused by some of the handful of railway crossings in the prefecture that never open, elevation of the rail line has been a long-desired wish and the Prefectural Government has taken the lead on the project. The consent marks a giant step towards improvement in conjunction with the neighborhoods surrounding the rail line.

Kasukabe Station is served the Tōbu Isesaki Line and Noda Line, and over ten grade crossings are scattered around the station. Included among them is Crossing No.124 on the station’s west side, where the crossing arms stay down for as much as 58 minutes of the total hour during commute periods. Since the crossing is located inside the station, the arms stay down even when trains are stopped at the station, shutting off access for long periods of time. In addition to roadway congestion, the urban areas to the east and west of the station are separated by the tracks, hindering revitalization of the area.

As a result, Kasukabe City, the Kasukabe City Council, and the Kasukabe Chamber of Commerce and Industry formed an alliance in November 2002, working to realize elevation of the line with City officials.

In 2005, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) selected the project as a “shovel-ready” new start project. A study revealed that the project cost for elevating 1.8 km each of the Isesaki Line and Noda Line (a total of 3.8 km) would be approximately ¥68 billion, and as ancillary concerns, directed the Prefectural Government as project sponsor to reduce costs and compress the construction timeline. The Prefectural Government later reevaluated the draft plan, shortening the east section to just short of the Uchiya Overpass, eliminating 400 to 500 m of construction on both the Isesaki Line and Noda Line and bringing the total down to 2.9 km. As a result, the estimated project cost decreased to approx. ¥55 billion. Tōbu Railway consented to the revised plan at a December 16 Board of Directors meeting.

As for the funding contributions for the ¥55 billion, Tōbu Railway will fund 10 percent, the national government 45 percent, and the prefectural and city governments the remaining 45 percent. In general, costs are split 50-50 between the prefectural and city governments throughout Japan, but for already-completed elevation projects in Sōka City and Koshigaya City, the funding arrangement between the prefectural and city government was 4:1 and 5:1, respectively. With Tōbu Railway giving its consent at its Board of Directors meeting, the Prefectural Government will move towards finalization of the Master Plan.

Kasukabe City has already been proceeding on an improvement plan for the area surrounding the station with the prerequisite that the rail lines would be elevated. “Our long-awaited dream has moved one step towards reality, but there is work left to do, including urban planning and discussions with the Prefectural Government over funding arrangements,” said Mayor Ishikawa Ryōzō.
Kasukabe is a major station on the Tōbu network, with 73,000 daily entries and exits. All non-limited express trains on the Isesaki Line stop at the station.

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Old December 21st, 2009, 07:35 AM   #693
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Details of Keiō Line quadruple tracking revealed
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In the grade-separation and quadruple-tracking plan for the section of the Keiō Line between Sasazuka and Tsutsujigaoka, the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government, Keiō Electric Railway, and local jurisdictions (Setagaya Ward and Suginami Ward) have prepared a draft Master Plan revision. The structural configuration, one of the primary issues in the spotlight, is a parallel design, proposed as two elevated tracks and two underground tracks (the second set of tracks in the quadruple-tracking project). A revision to the Master Plan is required, which called for four elevated tracks. A preliminary estimation pegs the total project cost at ¥220 billion, and if all goes well, the grade-separation and quadruple-tracking projects would be approved as part of the Master Plan in FY2012. Afterwards, the grade-separation project would take priority, with project approval in FY2013 and project completion scheduled around 2022. Completion of the quadruple-tracking project would follow later.

The draft Master Plan revision was released at an outreach workshop to local residents held on November 11 in Setagaya Ward.

The Master Plan revision encompasses a total length of approx. 8.0 km. The actual project scope is composed of approx. 7.1 km for elevated track and approx. 8.3 km for the second set of tracks, located underground. The station facilities at Daitabashi, Meidaimae, Shimo-Takaido, Sakurajōsui, Kami-Kitazawa, Hachimanyama, Roka Kōen, and Chitose – Karasuyama would be replaced with elevated stations (platform length approx. 210 m). Sengawa Station, located in a trench, would make use of existing facilities. Since the two underground tracks would be used by limited express trains, none of the stations would feature underground platforms. Transfer stations between expess and local trains would be Meidaimae, Sakurajōsui, Hachimanyama, and Chitose – Karasuyama, all four of which would be designed as elevated stations with four tracks and two island platforms.

In terms of construction method, the elevated viaduct would be constructed on the south side of the existing tracks. The space currently reserved for the existing tracks will be used for an accessory side road (railway frontage road, 6 to 19 m wide). The local jurisdictions of Setagaya and Suginami Wards would approve the frontage roads as part of the Master Plan.

Starting from the east end towards Shinjuku, the route of the two underground tracks directly beneath the elevated tracks would dive underground after crossing Kannana-dōri near Daitabashi Station and would begin rising directly beneath Sengawa Station, reaching the surface before crossing the deep tunnel structure for the proposed Tōkyō Outer Ring Road. The tracks directly underneath Daitabashi Station will be constructed in a trench, while the tracks directly underneath Meidaimae Staton would be constructed approx. 14 m underground. The deepest location would be near Sakurajōsui Station, where the underground tracks reach a depth of 32.5 m. The revision to the Master Plan calls for the section between Daitabashi Station and Sakurajōsui Station to be constructed as a double-track shield tunnel, with a single bore carrying both tracks, one in each direction. Between Sakurajōsui Station and Sengawa Station, the underground section would be designed as single-track shield tunnels, with only one track per bore. The vertical shaft would be constructed inside a car yard located near Sakurajōsui Station.

Up until now, three alternatives for the structural configuration have been evaluated, including an all-elevated configuration, an all-underground configuration, and the parallel elevated / underground configuration selected as the final design. The alternatives analysis indicated that because the tracks would dive underground after crossing Kannana-dōri, an all-underground configuration would not be able to eliminate three grade crossings near Daitabashi Station. In addition, the project cost would reach approx. ¥300 billion with the all-underground configuration, so officials abandoned the alternative. The project cost for an all-elevated configuration and a parallel configuration were both approx. ¥220 billion, but an all-elevated configuration would require acquiring more land than the parallel configuration. To reduce the burden on residents living along the line, a parallel configuration was selected.

The project would eliminate 25 grade crossings between Daitabashi and Sengawa. All 25 crossings remained closed for more than 40 minutes of the hour during the peak hour.
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Odakyū gives back to Hakone
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This month, Odakyū Electric Railway (HQ: Shinjuku Ward, Tōkyō) donated approximately ¥1.47 million of its sales of mineral water Hakone no Mori kara (lit. From the Forests of Hakone), which bottles natural water taken from the grounds of Odakyū Group hotel Odakyū Hakone Highland Hotel (Hakonechō, Kanagawa Prefecture), to Hakonechō.

Starting in April, Odakyū Electric Railway has been selling Hakone no Mori kara at shops and vending machines inside Odakyū stations, and is donating ¥1 for each bottle sold. The latest donation is for sales made up until September. The donation will be used towards environmental activities, including preservation of grasslands and plant communities.
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Odakyū Line grade separation (undergrounding) and quadruple-tracking

I gave a short introduction to this project here.

Some pictures of the construction around Shimo-Kitazawa (2009.11.29)
Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/

The Higashi-Kitazawa (east) end of the station. The tracks sit atop temporary supports as the TBM drills beneath. They have already drilled the inbound tunnel and have switched directions to drill the outbound tunnel towards Setagaya Daita.



East end of outbound (away from Shinjuku) platform.



Work on the columns supporting the Keiō Inokashira Line, which travels above the Odakyū Line at this station. The span of the bridge is being pushed out to provide space for the Odakyū Line station.



West end of the outbound platform, closer to Setagaya Daita.



West end of the inbound platform.



East end of the inbound platform.



Looking down at the station.



And some renderings of the new Shimo-Kitazawa Station:
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Nishitetsu launches multimedia broadcast experiment inside buses
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Between December 23, 2009 and February 17, 2010, Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd. (Nishitetsu) and Nishitetsu Agency Co. will team up with Tōkyō FM Broadcasting Co. to participate in the Digital Signage Fukuoka Experiment—a Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIAC) Regional Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Adaptation Model Development Project—being sponsored by Fukuoka City.

The trial will distribute content produced by Nishtetsu Agency Co. to a PC unit located inside Nishitetsu buses using a multimedia broadcast system from the Experimental Trial Bureau established as part of the MIAC designation of the Fukuoka Ubiquitous Special District. The transmitted data is stored on the PC units inside Nishitetsu buses and displayed on an LCD screen inside the bus.

This is the first attempt in Japan of mass transmission to mobile television displays, such as buses, using multimedia broadcast waves, and is one of the first in the world.

Through this new experimental trial, Nishitetsu Group aims to develop a bus service with a high degree of added value.
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Greater Tōkyō bus operators to abandon Universal Bus Card
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There is a growing movement among Greater Tōkyō bus operators to phase out the prepaid Universal Bus Card. On November 17, Keiō Bus (HQ: Fuchū City, Tōkyō Prefecture) announced that the five companies in its group would phase the card out by July 2010. Seibu Bus (HQ: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture) and Yokohama Municipal Transportation Bureau buses have also expressed their intention to abandon the system. As a result of increasing use of IC farecards such as PASMO, the universal card is reaching the end of its usefulness 20 years after its introduction.

The five member companies of Keiō Bus Group will stop selling the cards on March 15, 2010 and stop accepting them at the end of July 2010. Unused cards or cards with leftover value can be exchanged for cash with no extra charge until 2015. Pressured by the spread of PASMO and other cards, the usage rate of the Universal Bus Card decreased from approximately 50 percent in FY2003 to approximately 30 percent in FY2008.

In order to expedite the switch to IC farecards, the number of points added to IC farecards, which depends on the user’s total value of fare transactions per month, will increase starting in April 2010. The program allows the user to cash in the points for bus fares.
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Saikyō Line to receive security cameras to prevent groping
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As part of its strategy to prevent incidents of chikan (groping) on its trains, JR East has finalized a plan to introduce security cameras inside trains on the Saikyō Line connecting Tōkyō Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture. Security cameras have been in use on the Tōkaidō-San’yō Shinkansen (N700 series trains) and in the deck area of limited express trains, but this is the first installation inside a commuter train in Japan.

In an effort to curb an increasingly insidious trend of chikan, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the prefectural police departments of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba requested in October that the main railway companies in the Greater Tōkyō area install security cameras. Some officials within JR East were cautionary of responding to the request, citing privacy concerns, but began considering installation based on several precedents, including a ruling by the Nagoya High Court in March 2005 that the act of recording and filming inside convenience stores via security cameras did not violate any law. “The recorded images will only be surrendered in the event of criminal investigation and do not violate any law,” say police spokespersons. JR East has decided to introduce the cameras with strict regulations on their use, including the deletion of captured video after exceedance of the specified retention period.

According to JR East, the railway will install high-definition cameras in several locations inside specific cars by the end of the year as a trial. Overhead racks, the ceiling, and other locations have been identified as candidates for installation of cameras. If the trial proves effective on the Saikyō Line, JR East will consider expanding the installations to other cars and other lines.

According to the MPD, incidents of chikan inside trains in Tōkyō Prefecture reached 1,174 cases for the period between January and September of this year. By line, the crime occurred most frequently on the Saikyō Line (146 cases), with approximately 12 percent of all cases, followed by the JR Chūō Line (112 cases) and JR Sōbu Line (84 cases).

In an October 22-24 survey by the MPD on its homepage asking what countermeasures were best to combat chikan, 2,117 people responded. Responses included security patrols inside stations and trains (82 percent), increased crackdowns by police (74 percent), and installation of security cameras inside stations and trains (73 percent).
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Debate stirring over security cameras to prevent groping
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As part of a strategy to counteract a more insidious trend in chikan (groping) cases inside trains, a plan to install security cameras inside trains has surfaced. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the three prefectural police departments for Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa are hopeful that the measure will help curb the crime, and have requested that railway operators in the Tōkyō region install cameras. By the end of the year, JR East says it will install the cameras on a trial basis inside Saikyō Line trains, where the crimes occur frequently. However, other companies are slow to take action, citing many major concerns, including privacy and cost. A debate is stirring up as we speak on whether the cameras are a “wonder drug” or a poison.

Women-only cars during the early morning and late evening were introduced to the Saikyō Line linking Tōkyō Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture eight years ago. The measure has yet to produce benefits, however, with the Saikyō Line seeing over 12 percent of all chikan incidents inside trains running in Tōkyō Prefecture between January and September of this year.

As a result, JR East is considering installing security cameras in several locations such as the ceiling or overhead racks inside the most crowded cars on the Saikyō Line. While there are precedents for installing cameras on limited express trains in luggage storage areas and other locations, this is the first time they have been installed inside commuter trains.

JR East says it will introduce the cameras on a trial basis under the strict conditions that it will not release video for purposes other than criminal investigations and will delete the video after a specified retention period.

In late October, the MPD and other police departments held a public-private conference with JR East and 16 other railway companies to consider ways to combat chikan. As part of the countermeasures, the MPD requested the railways’ cooperation in installing security cameras inside trains.

The MPD and other police departments are envisioning cameras installed to the ceiling of the cars. Since the crimes frequently occur during the commute periods when trains are crowded, catching criminals red-handed on video will likely be difficult. “However, if we can determine who was standing where in relation to the victim, depending on the case, the video could assist in the investigation process, and we expect the cameras will have a preventative effect on chikan,” said hopeful top representatives from the MPD.

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However, a movement to follow in the footsteps of JR East has yet to take shape. Multiple operators have specifically expressed doubts on the actual benefit of installing the cameras.

“In a crowded train, there’s so many blind spots that we don’t believe the cameras will function well in the field as a means of recording crimes as they happen,” pointed out representatives from Keiō Electric Railway. Representatives from Keihin Electric Express Railway (Keikyū) also commented, “There’s no proof that installation of cameras in a few locations will capture the entire car.”

There are also cost-related concerns. “If we have to install cameras in each and every one of our cars, there’s not only installation cost, but also maintenance costs,” said Keikyū representatives. Spokespersons for the Tōkyō Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation also responded, “Major rework is needed to get the cameras to work, including rewiring in the ceiling of the car. It will be difficult to install cameras in our existing cars.”

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What do academic experts say? Kwansei Gakuin University social sciences professor Ogino Masahiro says, “Trying to prevent chikan, a violation of privacy rights, by installing security cameras, which themselves have privacy-related concerns, is putting the cart before the horse.” Ogino also points out, “We have no empirical evidence at all that installation of the security cameras has resulted in a drop in the crime rate.”

Mizuno Tadashi, a professor at the Law Department of Nihon University specializing in cyberlaw and an expert on the crime prevention issue, has asked for a cautionary implementation: “Even if we operate security cameras inside trains, we need to explicitly define who will control the captured video and how, and protect the privacy of individuals.”

On the other hand, however, representatives from the judicial field argue, “In order to protect women from insidious crimes, the railway companies need to strengthen their own awareness as public transportation and take action.” It’s likely that the fate of installation of cameras will depend on public opinion.
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