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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:33 AM   #781
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Improvements may come to Yūrakuchō Station as developments spring up
Kensetsu Tsūshin Shimbun

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Development in the areas surrounding JR Tōkyō Station and Yūrakuchō Station is set to boom in 2010 and beyond. Following on the heels of scheduled headquarters relocations into the area by several companies, it’s possible that several projects which were being hammered out under the radar may soon jump into action. In particular, a vision for Yūrakuchō Station’s station plaza has come under debate, and if talks of restructuring of the station continue, they may prove a catalyst for development in the surrounding area.

In 2009, Tōkyō Prime Stage (HQ: Chiyoda Ward, Tōkyō), a special purpose company (SPC) established by financing from Tōkyō Tatemono and Taisei Corporation, broke ground on an approx. 200,000 sq m office building in the Ōtemachi area. In the Marunouchi area, three developers including Mitsubishi Estate also broke ground on an approx. 140,000 sq m office building and the Palace Hotel began construction on an approx. 140,000 sq m of development in a hotel tower and office tower.

In April 2010, the Urban Renaissance Agency and Mitsubishi Estate are scheduled to break ground on twin towers totaling approx. 242,000 sq m as part of the Ōtemachi 1-chōme Area 2 Redevelopment Project.

In the midst of all this, several corporations headquartered in areas surrounding both Tōkyō and Yūrakuchō Stations are expected to relocate to new buildings both within and outside of the area, increasing the possibility that several projects which have since been under the radar may become active again.

Around Tōkyō Station, Mitsubishi Estate has been contemplating a consolidated development for the Resona-Marui Building site and the surrounding area in Ōtemachi 1-chōme. The impetus is the scheduled relocation of Resona Holdings and Resona Bank to Fukagawa Gatharia, currently under construction in Kōtō Ward’s Kiba district. The new building housing the relocated headquarters will be completed in late March, and the two companies will begin moving in from April into the summer.

Mitsubishi Estate has expressed a desire to replace seven to eight buildings in the Marunouchi area during the ten-year period between 2008 and 2017, and it’s possible the Resona-Marui Building development could be one of the candidate projects. Eyes are on the two corporations.

Around Yūrakuchō Station, a redevelopment project by Mitsui Fudōsan for the former Sanshin Building site and the Hibiya Mitsui Building immediately to the south is on the table. With reconstruction of the JFE Building in Marunouchi 1-chōme, Chiyoda Ward—set to become the new headquarters for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, which currently is headquartered inside the Hibiya Mitsui Building—scheduled for completion in 2010, the site of the former Sanshin Building has been only on a temporary two-year lease starting in December 2008 until the reuse development breaks ground. The new development for the Sanshin Building site and surrounding area will become a “project-to-watch” in 2010 and beyond.

In addition to these projects, an investigative committee—composed of the Ōtemachi-Marunouchi-Yūrakuchō District Redevelopment Project Council; the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government, academic experts, and landowners—is considering an infrastructure improvement process for the Ōtemachi district’s Tokiwabashi area, home to the Nippon Building and Shin-Nittetsu Building. Under one of several proposals, the Tōkyō Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) is looking to replace the TCCI Building in Marunouchi in an effort to establish its operations as an autonomous private-sector business group.

At Yūrakuchō Station, Yūrakuchō ITOCiA opened in 2007 as part of the Yūrakuchō Station Area 1 Urban Redevelopment Project, increasing the flow of people to and from the Ginza district. Outside of JR lines, several subway lines also serve the station, and it appears that the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government has recognized the need to restructure the station plaza. If discussions on the station plaza move forward, it could create a push for development in the surrounding area.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #782
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JR East Technical Review

An R&D publication by JR East.
Main index is here: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/development/tech/index.html

Contents of the latest issue (No. 13, Winter 2009):
  • Aiming to Create New Customer Value and Future Stations
    • Creating Customer Value Together with Users
    • Research and Development with an Aim of Creating New Customer Value and Future Stations
    • Research and Development on Travel and Consumption in and around Stations in the Greater Tōkyō Area
    • Research and Development on Suica Cards with a Display Function
    • Research and Development on Information-Providing Services for Stations
    • Research and Development on Providing Easy-to-Understand Train Operation Information
    • For Smoother Use of Railway Stations
  • Future Railway Maintenance Technologies
    • ”Visible” Maintenance
    • Efforts in Research and Development Related toMaintenance Technology
    • Development of TC Type Insulated Overlaps
    • Research and Development toward Wear Reduction of Current Collecting System
    • Development of the Ground Fault Protective Relay That Uses No Auxiliary Energizing Source
    • Development of the Next Generation Turnout for Cold Regions
    • Development of a Portable Under-Track Hollow Detector
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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #783
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Minato Mirai Line launches new website

Much better looking and easier to follow than the old one…
http://www.mm21railway.co.jp/
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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:35 AM   #784
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Keisei 3050 series trains begin testing
http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/kouhou/news/21-094b.pdf

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Beginning Friday, January 8, we will begin testing of our new 3050 series trains on the Keisei Main Line.

The 3050 series will be operated on non-premium fare limited express trains on the Narita Sky Access line, scheduled to open in July 2010. The trains are based on existing 3000 series trains, but feature an airport motif on the full length of the car sides and on seats, emphasizing the theme of an “airport access” train. In addition, passenger information inside the trains will be provided by LCDs above doors and automatic announcements in both Japanese and English.

In preparation for the opening of the Narita Sky Access line, we will now begin necessary test runs, and after completion of construction on the new track sections currently being worked on, we will test the trains at the maximum operating speed of non-fare premium limited express trains of 120 kph.
Clips from the first day of testing:


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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:35 AM   #785
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Part of new Ekoda Station opens
http://www.seibu-group.co.jp/railway...new_100108.pdf

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With the start of service on January 9, Seibu Railway Co. (HQ: Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture; President: Gotō Takashi) will open a portion of the new elevated concourse and north-south public passage at Ekoda Station, which has been undergoing improvements as part of a Station-Neighborhood Unified Improvement Project in coordination with the national government and Nerima Ward.

With the partial opening on January 9, barrier-free facilities such as elevators, escalators, and multi-function restrooms inside the paid area of the station, as well as an open counter for our customers and a slanted overhead fare table chart, have been installed.

Construction will now begin on elevators, escalators, and additional stairwells outside of the paid area of the station, as well as improvements to the area immediately surrounding the station. When complete, the station will be transformed into a user- and environmentally-friendly station, with rooftop landscaping and green walls.

We expect to complete barrier-free improvements at the station in FY2010 and improvements to the station area in FY2011.

In addition, a TOMONY retail shop will open adjacent to the faregates on January 9, further increasing the convenience of the station.

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  • Station-Neighborhood Unified Improvement Projects involve the unification of the “station” (i.e., “railway project”) and “neighborhood” (i.e., “urban project”) to revitalize areas. The railway project is carried out by a special company established by joint financing from the local jurisdiction and the railway company, and the station is constructed with an elevated concourse spanning all platforms and barrier-free facilities such as elevators. The urban project is carried out by the local jurisdiction and involves construction of public passages and station plazas to resolve grade crossing issues and the division of the neighborhood by the railway line. Projects at Shimo-Igusa Station and Higashi-Nagasaki Station have already been completed. In addition to Ekoda Station, we are currently proceeding with improvements at Shiinamachi and Nogata Stations.
  • TOMONY is a retail shop within our new business structure, and is a joint development between Seibu Railway and FamilyMart Co. TOMONY offers products that meet the needs of a wider range of our customers compared to existing station retail shops, as well as providing the newest products as soon as they come out, and is popular among our passengers.
Pics of the new parts that opened January 9:
Source: http://thankyou2200.blog.so-net.ne.jp/

New elevated concourse.



The TOMONY shop is on the left, inside the paid area of the station.





One of the North Exit stairwells.





Temporary South Exit stairwell.





The view from inside the station, above the tracks.



Exit signage.



Restrooms and escalators to the outbound platform (towards Tokorozawa).



The new waiting rooms (there is one for each platform). In addition to benches, there is a marked wheelchair area.

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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:36 AM   #786
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Last day for 209 series on Keihin-Tōhoku Line / Negishi Line announced

JR East has announced that the 209 series will be retired from the Keihin-Tōhoku Line / Negishi Line after the end of servce on January 24, 2010. This also marks the completion of the entire fleet replacement of the Keihin-Tōhoku Line, which has the largest fleet among all of JR’s lines in Greater Tōkyō, with 83 trains (830 cars).

A few videos of the Keihin-Tōhoku Line 209 series…

Running in the snow at Shin-Koyasu Station (1996.01.21)


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Meeting at Ōji Station (2009.04.02)


Source: MasaakiAsukayama on YouTube

Racing with the Yamanote Line between Kanda and Tōkyō (2009.07.27)


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Sound inside a running train between Okachimachi and Akihabara


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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:37 AM   #787
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Sneak peek at the new Tōkyō Metro 15000 series for the Tōzai Line

A TV program captured some of the trains being manufactured inside Hitachi’s plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture (western Japan).
There are some clips of the under-construction interior of a train, as well as the super-wide door channels that they are reintroducing. Will be interesting to see what happens this time around, since in the past, the wide doors didn’t prove very effective, and increasing the number of door channels seemed much more effective (hence, the six-door cars on various lines). The video also has some quick teasing shots of the cab interior and exterior, as well as the new color scheme.

http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm9338824
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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:37 AM   #788
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More commercials

Tōkyū Corporation


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Tōkyō Metro


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Nishitetsu (nimoca + LAWSON)


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Keihan Electric Railway


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Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu)


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Keiō Group


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Old January 12th, 2010, 10:38 AM   #789
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Tōkyō: Part 17

The last installment…

I board a rapid limited express to get back to central Tōkyō.
Window view passing through Yokosuka City…

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Stopped at Yokosuka Chūō, the station for central Yokosuka.

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Passing the Keikyū yard between Kanazawa Hakkei and Kanazawa Bunko. Behind are condominium towers.

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Passing through Yokohama…

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The Landmark Tower, the centerpiece of the Minato Mirai 21 area, is in the distance.

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Stopped at Yokohama Station. The Keikyū facilities at the station used to consist of one island platform with two tracks, but this was modified in 2006 as a result of platform congestion to two tracks with an exclusive platform for each. Thus, the inner edge of the inbound platform (towards Shinagawa) has platform doors (for use only in special situations). Beyond the doors are the track and platform for the outbound direction.

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Departing Keikyū Kawasaki Station…

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Passing Shinagawa Seaside area, a large commercial redevelopment area…

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Approaching Shinagawa terminal. Below us, the JR tracks fan out (JR East alone has 15 platforms at the station).

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Keikyū’s platforms at Shinagawa are located inside the Yamanote Line loop, so the Keikyū Main Line tracks cross above the JR tracks on this truss bridge.

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This is a good spot to get some pictures of all the various stock running on the Keikyū lines. Here, a Chiba New Town Railway train (marked with Keisei Group logos and operated by Hokusō Railway) crosses the bridge, signed as an express for Haneda Airport.

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This location is famous for a sharp curve and an at-grade crossing.

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Since the curves are so sharp, the trains go through at low speeds, prolonging the crossing time. This was during the midday period, but I ended up waiting for five trains to pass before the crossing arms lifted.

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Hokusō 7300 series, signed as an express for Inba Nihon Idai on the Hokusō Line. After Shinagawa, the train will dive into the portal and enter the Toei Subway Asakusa Line at Sengakuji Station.

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Keikyū 2100 series, signed as a rapid limited express for Misakiguchi on the Kurihama Line.

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Keikyū 800 (2nd generation) series, signed as a local for Shinagawa. These were manufactured in 1981.

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Keikyū 1500 series, signed as a local for Shin-Zushi on the Zushi Line.

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Another 2100 series, signed as a rapid limited express for Sengakuji.

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A Keisei 3700 series train, signed as an express for Haneda Airport, has departed Shinagawa Station and approaches the bridge across the JR tracks.

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The road overpass parallel to the truss bridge is also a good spot to watch JR trains. This is a 209 series on the Keihin-Tōhoku Line heading southbound, bound for Isogo on the Negishi Line. The 209 series will disappear from the Keihin-Tōhoku Line in a matter of a week or two.

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The approach into Keikyū Shinagawa.

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Shinagawa is one of the major terminals inside central Tōkyō. Besides a lot of transferring passengers, there are a substantial number of passengers who exit here bound for the office towers on the east side of the station.

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Over to Nippori to make our way to Narita Airport… This was before they switched the outbound track to the third level of the station, so the trains still stopped at ground level.

Inbound platform for Keisei Ueno.

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JR occupies the other side of the station. The Jōban Line platforms are next to the Keisei Line platforms. Only Jōban Rapid Line trains stop at the station, as the Jōban Local Line trains run through-service with the Tōkyō Metro Chiyoda Line after Kita-Senju and take a different route via the subway. Here, passengers board a rapid train for Toride. This particular car is signed as a low-air conditioning car, provided for passengers who feel the regular AC levels in the other cars are too cold.

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Since the switch to the third level of the station, the outbound track at right is no longer used.

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A peek at the neighborhood around the station…

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Nippori is said to have the largest number of adjacent parallel tracks in Japan, with 14: Yamanote Line (2), Keihin-Tōhoku Line (2), Tōhoku Shinkansen (2), Tōhoku Main Line (4), Jōban Rapid Line (2), and Keisei Main Line (2). There are good spots to watch trains on the overpasses above the tracks. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time, so my shots are all from platform level. Here, a Tōhoku Shinkansen passes.

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Keihin-Tōhoku Line train.

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Tōhoku Shinkansen and Yamanote Line trains.

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Jōban Rapid Line train.

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I board my Skyliner and take some last few shots on the way to Narita. Passing residential neighborhoods in Arakawa Ward.

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Passing through the Kita-Senju area, where the Keisei Main Line passes above the elevated tracks for the Jōban Rapid Line, Tsukuba Express, and Tōkyō Metro Hibiya Line (at center).

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Meeting up with the Keisei Oshiage Line (at center) at Aoto. The junction between the Keisei Main Line and Oshiage Line is one of the few double-elevated structures in Japan.

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The view from the third level approaching Aoto Station.

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Crossing the Edo River into Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture. The nearest set of bridges is Chiba Kaidō (National Route 14), while the second set a little bit further out is for the quadruple-tracked JR Sōbu Main Line. Similar to JR-Keikyū competition in the Tōkyō – Yokohama corridor, the Keisei Main Line and Sōbu Main Line run ridiculously close to each other through western Chiba Prefecture.

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The view approaching Keisei Funabashi Station in central Funabashi City.

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Stopped at Keisei Funabashi. This station was elevated several years ago.

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Passing a bus yard for Chiba Green Bus, a private bus operator under the Keisei Group, in Sakura City.

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Narita Airport is located quite a ways out from central Tōkyō, so scenes like this of rice paddies are quite common as the train makes its way through northern Chiba Prefecture.

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Departing Keisei Narita Station, the last stop before the stops at Narita Airport. The large building is Narita City Hall.

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After a short ride through the tunnel, we arrive at Airport Terminal 2.

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Old January 12th, 2010, 05:37 PM   #790
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Quashlo, I always look forward to reading your translated reports on what's going on here in Japan. You take good comprehensive pics and videos, too. Thanks, it's really appreciated.
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Quashlo, I have really enjoyed your series on Tokyo. Thanks for taking the time to share it with u.
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Nishitetsu announces bus service cuts
http://www.asahi.com/business/update...001190025.html

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Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu; HQ: Fukuoka City), which had been considering service cuts and elimination of bus routes, announced its plans for such on January 19. The operator will eliminate or cut service on 75 general and highway express routes this spring, and will eliminate parts or all of 39 routes starting in the fall. A total of 114 routes have been targeted, reaching almost half of the railway group’s 250 bus routes. At a press conference, bus operations chief Nakao Kazutake explained that they are reevaluating the current structure where bus operations depend on railway profitability, and instead looking at operating the bus network at a scale that will allow for bus profitability as well.

Nishitetsu will announce the targeted lines in the near future.

This spring, the operator will eliminate or cut service on highway express bus routes on March 1, followed by cuts to general service bus routes on March 27, and elimination on all or portions of general service bus routes it identified in FY2008 applications to local governments. In order to receive approval from local governments regarding the elimination of general service bus routes, Nishitetsu must notify authorities half a year in advance. Nishitetsu will now be proceeding with the paperwork for the 39 bus routes to receive service cuts starting in the fall.

Last autumn, Nishitetsu implemented service cuts on 33 routes focused primarily in urban areas. Nishitetsu has defined its standard for determining elimination of service as lines that “cannot maintain the minimum level of return relative to personnel and bus operation costs, and have little hope for improvement.”

Outside of the elimination of lines and service cuts, Nishitetsu also announced a plan to boost revenue, ending its ¥100 special fare on buses to and from Ijiri, Futsukaichi, Kurume, and Meinohama Stations after the end of service on March 27.

Nishitetsu Group’s bus operations have been operating in the red since FY2003, and are expected to operate ¥3.4 billion in the red for FY2009. With the upcoming service cuts, the group is aiming to reduce the deficit by ¥3.0 billion.

The group’s current bus operations employ approx. 2,000 employees, but about 10 percent of its workforce will become excess personnel with the service cuts, which the group will counteract by implementing a hiring freeze.

At the press conference, Operations Chief Nakao explained that the financial situation for bus operations worsened as a result of the economic downturn, the rise in crude oil prices, and the toll discounts on expressways.
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Fukuoka City looks at through-service between Nishitetsu and Hakozaki Line
http://kyushu.yomiuri.co.jp/keizai/d...OYS1T00165.htm

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In regards to its plan to institute through-service between the Fukuoka City Subway Hakozaki Line (Nakasu–Kawabata – Kaizuka, 4.7 km) and the Nishi-Nippon Railroad (Nishitetsu) Kaizuka Line (Kaizuka – Nishitetsu Shingū, 11 km), Fukuoka City announced that it is analyzing two candidate routes: one between Mitoma and Nakasu–Kawabata (13.7 km) and one between Mitoma and Tenjin (14.5 km).

Both routes would operate with three-car trains, and the city will now scrutinize ridership forecasts for the new service and study the financial feasibility of the project.

As the section of the Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line between Mitoma and Nishitetsu Shingū is outside Fukuoka City limits, through-service on that section requires arrangements with the relevant jurisdictions. Through-service on sections of the Fukuoka City Subway Airport Line west of Tenjin were dropped from consideration, as three-car trains would not be suitable for the high ridership at Akasaka and Ōhori Kōen.

Currently, the connection between the Hakozaki Subway Line and Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line at Kaizuka Station requires passengers to leave the platform and exit through the faregates, but the added convenience as a result of through-service has been a promising possible solution. In 1997, the city and Nishitetsu agreed to begin considering implementation of through-service, but the project has since been up in the air due to various issues on the Nishitetsu side such as track improvements and the need for fire-resistant rolling stock for running inside the subway tunnels. The city plans to submit the results of its studies before the City Council’s Transportation Strategy Special Committee on January 15.
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Canal City alignment likely to get selected for Nanakuma Line extension
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/fuk...OYT8T01443.htm

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In regards to the proposed extension of the Fukuoka City Subway Nanakuma Line (Hashimoto – Tenjin Minami, 12 km), of the four alignment alternatives being evaluated by the City Transportation Bureau, a financial analysis has indicated that the 1.4 km alignment connecting Tenjin Minami Station and Hakata Station via large-scale retail center Canal City Hakata has the highest benefit-cost ratio of all the alternatives, at 4.6. The City Transportation Bureau has also concluded that the preferred alignment is the Tenjin Minami – Hakata route. The focus is now on the whereabouts of the debate in the City Council, which will determine which subway alignment is eventually selected.

Outside of the Canal City Alignment, the alignment alternatives also include the following alignments:
  • WF Alignment, a route between Hakata Minami to Hakata Pier and the waterfront (WF) area (2.3 km)
  • A shortened version of the WF Alignment that would only take the extension as far as Nakasu – Kawabata Station (1.2 km)
  • Hakata Station Alignment, from Yakuin Station to Hakata Station (2.5 km)
In addition to construction costs and operating revenue, the Transportation Bureau also looked at the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from drivers switching to the subway as a result of the extension, as well as the estimated reduction in congestion, in its financial analysis of investment cost against project benefit. A value of 1.0 or greater indicates that the project’s benefits exceed the investment costs.

The benefit-cost (b/c) analysis indicates that the b/c ratios for the 30-year period after opening would be 4.6 for the Canal City Alignment, 1.4 for the WF Alignment, 1.2 for the shortened WF Alignment, and 2.3 for the Hakata Station Alignment.

Based on the results of the analysis, the Transportation Bureau has finalized its recommendation that the Canal City Alignment is an appropriate choice for the preferred alignment. In regards to the other alignments, the Bureau said, “Because future development means the city has more money to work with, we must also look at these alternatives in the long run,” leaving them on the table for future consideration.

The Nanakuma Line opened in February 2005. However, ridership growth is stalling because the line has no through-service arrangements with other lines and the terminal at Tenjin Minami Station isn’t connected to Tenjin Station on the Airport Line. Daily ridership in FY2008 was approx. 60,000, substantially lower than the initial ridership projections of 116,000 passengers daily.
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Design of Hakata Station plaza finalized
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Three spaces, three uses: Exchange, relaxation, transport
People assemble in a lush green public space—The design for the JR Hakata Station plaza (Hakata Exit) selected on January 27 features the best in the design of spaces in an attempt to create a place befitting of the entrance to the city from the Kyūshū Shinkansen to open in March of next year. The main features of the design include placing an emphasis on landscaping to give visitors the impression of a city in harmony with nature, and providing an “activity and exchange” space for city residents and tourists to enjoy events.

The Hakata Station plaza outside Hakata Exit will be 15,400 sq m wide. Construction is being carried out jointly by the city and JR Kyūshū in coordination with the opening of the full route of the Kyūshū Shinkansen and the new station tenant building. Construction is scheduled to begin before the end of the fiscal year.

The Hakata Station Plaza Redesign Working Group—composed of representatives from the city and JR Kyūshū, residents, academic experts, and property-owners of buildings surrounding the station—has been debating the design, but finally assembled a final proposal at a working group session on January 27.

According to the proposal, the station plaza would be divided into three distinct areas: the “activity and exchange” space near the Hakata Post Office, the central “green square,” and the “transportation plaza” near the Fukuoka Transportation Center.

The activity and exchange space is designed with space to host a wide variety of events, and people can see the space from the second-level pedestrian deck. Movable planters would provide vegetation. The space features a large canopy designed to be visible from the road outside the station.

The green square provides shade during the summer and features deciduous trees that let sunlight in and provide seasonal variation to the plaza. The space is designed as a waiting spot and rest area. The transportation plaza will feature a taxi pick-up and drop-off zone, as well as evergreen trees, providing a constant wall of green visible from Taihaku-dōri outside the station.

However, the proposed design is a long-term goal, and it’s possible that a temporary auto loading zone will be provided outside of the transport plaza when the Kyūshū Shinkansen opens next spring.
I posted an earlier article about this project here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=467

A couple simple renderings:
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Kyūshū University develops new IC card system
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/bus...1352014-n1.htm

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Kyūshū University announced that it has developed a next-generation system for allowing transport-based IC cards to be used as electronic money at shops and identification for entry and exit of controlled areas in office buildings. The system can be introduced at approximately a tenth of the cost of existing railway-based systems, and a one-month field trial of the new technology will begin starting February 8 on the Kita-Kyūshū Urban Monorail (Kita-Kyūshū Rapid Railway).

IC card systems for use on railways and other public transportation have already been established by JR Kyūshū and Nishitetsu, but system implementation and operations costs are expensive. Coordination with the electronic money services of local shopping districts is also complex, and ensuring compatibility between the two systems had been a critical issue.

In an effort to resolve these issues, Kyūshū University teamed with the Kita-Kyūshū National College of Technology to develop a system that would serve as the base of these multiple services. The university developed a system that could handle a variety of services in response to user needs and easily deal with compatibility. As a result, with one IC card, users can ride public transportation, make payments at shopping districts, and enter or exit controlled areas such as libraries, offices, and parking facilities.

In the Kita-Kyūshū Urban Monorail trial, special “robot gates” controlling entry and exit will be installed at each station. Electronic money payment systems will also be installed at shopping areas and markets along the monorail, and the new system will be tested for effectiveness among a pool of 200 commuter pass users.

Associate professor Ishida Kōji of Kyūshū University’s System LSI Research Center says, “Existing systems are based on railway-related payments, with other services tacked on. We developed this next-generation system based on the need to provide multiple services, and as a result, it’s very inexpensive with strong security controls.”

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MLIT discovers portion of old Ōsaka – Nara tunnel once feared destroyed
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/feature/200...OYT1T00001.htm

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A portion of the Kamenose Tunnel (Kashiwara City, Ōsaka Prefecture), part of the Ōsaka Railroad that once linked Ōsaka and Nara during the Meiji and Taishō eras and believed to have been destroyed by massive landslides in 1931 and 1932, has been discovered in largely original form and was opened to members of the press on December 9.

Officials familiar with the discovery were shocked at first to hear that the “Phantom Tunnel” that disappeared beneath earth and sand approximately 80 years ago was found untouched.

The tunnel was constructed in 1892 through Mt. Ikoma on the right bank of the Yamato River. After a landslide during the start of the Shōwa era, the entrances became sealed off, and a new line detouring the area (the current JR Kansai Line) was constructed.

The section of arched tunnel that was discovered is covered in tiles, and is approximately 3.3 m wide and 4.6 m tall. While the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) was digging a trench as part of drainage tunnel construction last year, they discovered that approximately 66 m of the original 500 m tunnel had escaped destruction. Kashiwara City’s Board of Education and the MLIT are considering ways to open the section to the public. Representatives from the Board of Education said, “It really is a ‘time tunnel,’ where even the air has been sealed off for 80 years.”
Some film inside the tunnel from asahi.com:

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Draft plan for Kita-Ōsaka Kyūkō Railway extension finalized
http://mainichi.jp/area/osaka/news/2...20356000c.html

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In the proposal to extend the Kita-Ōsaka Kyūkō Line (lit. North Ōsaka Express Line) north 2.5 km beyond its current terminus at Senri Chūō Station (Toyonaka City, Ōsaka Prefecture), the Kita-Ōsaka Kyūkō Line Extension Evaluation Committee (composed of Minoo City, Ōsaka Prefecture, and the national government) have finalized a draft plan for the extension that includes preliminary operating plans and ridership forecasts. Officials are aiming to open the extension in 2018.

In 1989, the national government’s Transport Policy Council had identified the extension as appropriate for construction start before 2005. In 2004, the Kinki Region Transport Council identified the extension as a new line in the Keihanshin (Kyōto – Ōsaka – Kōbe) area’s mid- to long-range planned railway network.

The draft plan would extend the line approx. 2.5 km north from Senri Chūō Station along National Route 423 (the Shin-Midōsuji Route). Approx. 1.3 km north from Senri Chūō Station, a new Minoo Senba Station (temporary name) would be constructed, while an additional approx. 1.2 km north of that, a new Shin-Minoo Station (temporary name) would be constructed. The extension would operate at eight-minute headways throughout the day, with a base fare of ¥140 to ¥150. If realized, the journey from Shin-Minoo to Umeda Station would cost between ¥450 and ¥460 and take approx. 24 minutes.

Daily station entries and exits are projected at approx. 39,500 for Shin-Minoo Station and approx. 12,500 for Minoo Senba Station. The estimated economic benefit of the extension as a result of the increase in commercial facilities and other factors is expected to be approx. ¥23.4 billion.

Under the national government’s funding structure, the lead entity on the project would be a third-sector railway operator receiving over 50 percent of its financing from local public bodies, so Minoo City will bear a portion of the capital costs. Project construction costs will vary depending on soil quality and construction method, but assuming ¥42.0 billion, the national government would provide funding of ¥9.41 billion (22.4 percent), Ōsaka Prefecture and Minoo City would provide funding and capital investment of ¥14.65 billion (34.9 percent), and the railway operator and other entities would provide capital investment and user fees of ¥17.94 billion (42.7 percent).

Minoo City will improve infrastructure in the Kayano Chūō area, the expected location of the new Shin-Minoo Station, and secure approx. 1 ha of land for a station plaza. The city is also assembling approx. ¥2.7 billion (as of December 2009) in funds for construction of facilities infrastructure. Representatives from the city’s Kita-Ōsaka North Railway Extension Section confided, “The rail line extension is the last remaining issue in developing the urban foundation of the city. Through the extension, we hope to develop neighborhoods that address the aging population and environmental needs.”
Senri Chūō Station is the current northern terminus of the line, which runs through-service with the Ōsaka Municipal Subway Midōsuji Line. It is also a transfer station between the Kita-Ōsaka Kyūkō Line and the Ōsaka Monorail. Daily entries and exits are 88,000 for Kita-Ōsaka Kyūkō Railway and 29,100 for the Ōsaka Monorail (2005).

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The station is part of a connected shopping center complex, SenchūPAL.

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The view looking northwest from a midrise exhibition hall and conference center adjacent to the station. The road at center is National Route 423, which the Midōsuji Line / Kita-Ōsaka Kyūkō Line runs down the middle of north of Umeda. At Senri Chūō, the line peels off and dives underground. The extension would proceed north from here into Minoo City (the nearby ridge of forest running east west across the picture is the boundary between Toyonaka City and Minoo City).

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JR Nara Line double-tracking could start in 2011
http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/article.ph...re=A2&area=K00

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On January 21, Kyōto Prefecture formalized its intentions to draft a plan in FY2010 to double-track the JR Nara Line (Kyōto – Kizu, 34.7 km). Starting in April, the Prefectural Government will begin discussions with JR West and local jurisdictions concerning the funding arrangement and project method. The Prefectural Government hopes to start construction as early as 2011, but with JR West’s worsening financial results and local jurisdictions’ budget problems, it’s possible that the double-tracking work could end up being limited to only a portion of the line.

Last double-tracking work was in 2001
The Nara Line’s single-track sections span 26.5 km, almost 80 percent of the entire line. The need to allow trains to pass each other creates loss time at stations and is a hindrance to speeding up the line. As work on the double-tracking of the San’in Line between Kyōto and Sonobe, which started in 2003, will finish in March 2010, the Prefectural Government and JR West agreed to begin discussions regarding the double-tracking of the Nara Line.

The plan is envisioned to identify target areas for land acquisition, construction method, and the funding arrangement between the Prefectural Government, JR West, and local jurisdictions, but representatives from the Prefectural Transport Strategy Section say, “JR West’s financial status and the budget situation of local governments means that it’s highly likely the work will only cover a portion of the line and not the full length.” Assuming that the construction schedule lasts as long as it did for the San’in Line work, completion would be expected to finish in 2018 at the earliest.

The Kyōto – Fujinomori and Uji – Shinden sections of the Nara Line were double-tracked in 2001, resulting in a 25 percent increase in ridership.

Shiomi Akio, mayor of Ide Town and chairman of the JR Nara Line Double-Tracking Promotion Committee comprised of local jurisdictions, says, “The double-tracking project has been a fervent wish for residents along the line. I hope we can begin construction as quickly as possible.”
Cab view of the 42 km, 44 min. journey from Kyōto to Nara on a JR Nara Line Miyakoji Rapid train.
Source: HINTEL242 on YouTube

Part 1 (Kyōto – Tōfukuji): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUG8CsVI-24&hd=1
Part 2 (Tōfukuji – Rokujizō): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7ynBpp0bxY&hd=1
Part 3 (Rokujizō – Uji): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDILkT4d97s&hd=1
Part 4 (Uji – Jōyō): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLpupwl33xs&hd=1
Part 5 (Jōyō – Tamamizu): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbgFYhOCNbU&hd=1
Part 6 (Tamamizu – Kizu): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kos_xCxPqH8&hd=1
Part 7: (Kizu – Nara): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XijJFlkAmxk&hd=1
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Nara Park plan calls for new bus terminals
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Nara Prefecture has announced a proposal for infrastructure improvements to the Nara Park area (Nara City) following the closure of the events surrounding the 1300th Anniversary of Heijō-kyō Capital. Included are plans to make active use of the Governor’s House and Vice-Governor’s House, as well as construct a bus terminal. The Prefectural Government will now consider schedule and other details related to the plan, and is expecting to include the cost of studies in its FY2010 proposed budget.

The plan would transform the Governor’s House—a 670 sq m one-story wooden structure on a 2,800 sq m plot of land—into the Nara Park Library, housing Nara Park-related documents and old maps of the park. The plans are intended to bring the history of the Governor’s House back to life, which was constructed in 1922 (Taishō 11) and was the location were Emperor Hirohito signed the documents in 1951 ratifying the Treaty of San Francisco and the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan.

In addition, the plans would develop the Vice-Governor’s House, a 350 sq m one-story wooden structure on 2,700 sq m of land, into a cafe and information center, while Yoshikien Garden will be developed into a facility allowing visitors to experience the history and culture of Nara.

The area containing the Governor’s and Vice-Governor’s Houses and Yoshikien Garden will be positioned as the entrance to Nara Park.

The plan would also construct the Noboriōji Parking Garage (8,000 sq m) on the east side of the Nara Prefectural Office and two bus terminals near the south side of the Daibutsuden Intersection, as well as implement a park-and-ride and excursion program for visitors. The exact location of the bus terminals on the south side of the Daibutsuden Intersection have yet to be determined, but the Prefectural Government will now begin considering locations.
Nara Park is a huge attraction for visitors in the Kansai area and only a short walk away from Kintetsu Nara Station, the terminus of the Kintetsu Nara Line. The Kintetsu Nara Station building was given a small facelift in preparation for the 1300th Anniversary of Heijō-kyō Capital.

Some pictures (2010.01):
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/e/fe7...69604f12ddbb75

The exterior of the building now features more glass.







The interior was also redone to be more open.





New LCD departure screens were installed in the underground concourse level.



The station itself is quite large, consisting of four track bays, and trains offer direct service through to Ōsaka, Kōbe (via the Hanshin Namba Line and Hanshin Main Line), and Kyōto (via the Kintetsu Kyōto Line and Kyōto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line).

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