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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:09 AM   #1161
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Meitetsu completes office building near Nagoya Station
http://chubu.yomiuri.co.jp/news_k/ckei100331_3.htm

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On March 30, Meitetsu Real Estate Development announced that on April 16 they will complete contruction of the Meiffice Meieki Building (12 stories) in the area surrounding Nagoya Station in Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City. Located a mere five-minute walk from Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) Nagoya Station, the building was constructed after demolition of the deteriorating former Nagoya Daishō Building owned by the firm. Construction has been proceeding since February 2009 at a total cost of ¥2.2 billion.

The gross floor area of the building is approx. 8,600 sq m, and floors one through three will be occupied by a Seven Eleven, a Komeda Coffee Shop, and a beauty parlor. The upper levels of the building will be leased as office space. In July, Meitetsu Real Estate Development’s headquarters are scheduled to move into the building from Nishi Ward, Nagoya City.

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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:10 AM   #1162
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Local governments establish committee for Meitetsu Hiromi Line
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/gif...OYT8T00116.htm

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In the dilemma surrounding the survival of the Meitetsu Hiromi Line between Shin-Kani and Mitake Stations, on March 29 the jurisdictions of Kani City, Mitake Town, and Yaotsu Town along the line established a revitalization committee to look at ways to increase ridership.

The committee is composed of 23 members including city and town mayors and councilmembers, officials from the finace and education fields, and residents. The target ridership is 1.111 million passengers annually, approximately 40,000 more than currently.

As funding for ridership promotion efforts, the committee posted ¥5.61 million for its first-year budget. When nursery schools, day care centers, and elementary and middle schools use the trains on fieldtrips, the committee will fund 40 percent of the fares. For groups of 10 or more passengers that use the train for extracurricular activities, the committee will fund 30 percent of the fares.

In addition, the committee agreed to launch special campaigns including bus tours and walking events departing from stations along the line, sponsored by chambers of commerce and industry and tourism committees. Revitalization committee chairman and Mitake Town mayor Watanabe Kimio said, “I am looking forward to meeting our goals and ensuring the survival of the line.”
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:11 AM   #1163
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Meitetsu and local governments agree to keep sections of Nishio and Gamagōri Line in service
http://mainichi.jp/area/aichi/news/2...20266000c.html

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A strategic committee composed of local governments and established to work towards protecting the Nishio – Gamagōri section of the Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) Nishio and Gamagōri Lines from abandonment held a general meeting on March 29 at Nishio City Hall, and confirmed a basic agreement with Meitetsu representatives to keep the lines running for at least another three years, between 2010 and 2012.

At the general meeting, cities and towns along the line finalized an agreement to work towards providing financial assistance to cover a portion of costs, focusing on maintenance expenses for track, overhead, and rolling stock. In regards to the funding arrangement between the cities and towns, officials say they plan to work the details out by October of this year. Funding support after FY2012 will be discussed after examining the ridership situation.

According to a mid-term report, ridership on this section of the Nishio Line and Gamagōri Line has generally been on the decline, and while ridership showed an increase of 2.3 percent in FY2008 compared to the previous year, it was still 12.5 percent lower than FY1998 levels. In addition, this section of the lines generated an operating loss of approx. ¥870 million in FY2008.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:11 AM   #1164
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:12 AM   #1165
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Last Meitetsu 7700 series trains decommissioned

Last revenue run was March 21, a special “farewell run” charter service. They were already removed from regular service several weeks earlier.
The last three units were decommissioned between April 4 and 5.

Being hauled away and lifted off the trucks to be scrapped.


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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:13 AM   #1166
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Meitetsu CMs

A few from Nagoya Railroad’s latest CM series, all using theme songs from singer-songwriter Oda Kazumasa. This just might be my favorite railway CM series…
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:13 AM   #1167
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Toyama City registers Centram trademark
http://mytown.asahi.com/toyama/news....00001004020001

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Regarding the trademark for Toyama City’s tram loop line Centram, on April 1 Mayor Mori Masashi announced that the city will commercialize the name and allow others to use it after paying fees. Three months after the line’s opening late last year, the prohibition on the sale of Centram-related goods has now been lifted, with three companies already eager to make use of the name.

In October of last year, the city filed an application for a trademark for the Centram line, and in February of this year, the trademark was approved by the Patent Office. In order to use logos or illustrations of the Centram, city approval is required. Usage fees for the trademark will be one percent of total sales at the minimum, and will be formally decided based on the market price.

There was some disagreement over the implementation of usage fees. In other parts of Japan, some local governments with trademarks for special mascot characters have allowed their use for free.

But in this case, the city says, “We deemed the name ‘Centram’ as intellectural property and the property of the people, and we couldn’t let it be used for free.” As a compromise, the city says it has made the usage fee small to help boost the line’s image and encourage companies to make use of it.

The city has already received requests from three companies both within and outside Toyama Prefecture for use of the trademark. Kimono shop Akiyoshiya (Ōtemachi, Toyama City), which had planned to sell hand towels featuring images of the Centram when the line first opened, welcomed the news: “We’ve prepared the design, and now we can finally begin producing it.”

In the past, Toyama City has registered other trademarks, but this is the first time the city has received usage requests from outside parties. Spokespersons from the city’s Streetcar Implementation Office expressed their eager anticipation: “If approved, everything from rice crackers to T-shirts can be sold as ‘official goods.’ We hope the trademark becomes popular and it helps bring new vitality to the city.’”
There seems to be quite a bit of action in Toyama lately… Toyama Chihō Railroad, which operates the various streetcar services in Toyama City, just ordered a new train from Alna Sharyō in Ōsaka. The train is a three-section articulated unit similar to Toyohashi Railroad’s T1000 series Hotram, and arrived at Minami-Toyama Yard on March 23. Toyama Chihō Railroad is currently accepting suggestions for the name of the new train.
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They’ve also recently released a couple of special exterior designs for the Centram trains, too.

Promoting the new Cyclocity bikeshare program in Toyama
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Celebrating the start of the cherry blossom season:
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:16 AM   #1168
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Atami Station tenant building closes doors
http://mytown.asahi.com/shizuoka/new...00251003310002

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Atami Lusca, JR East’s station tenant building at Atami Station that has been beloved by visitors to the tourist city of Atami, will close the book on its 58-year history at the end of this month. According to Lusca operator Shōnan Station Building Co., the facility will be demolished together with the rebuilding of the station building due to deterioriation and poor seismic resistance. JR East is examining how to possibly rebuild the tenant building together with the station building, and Atami City plans to coordinate with these efforts by constructing a station plaza.

Atami Lusca opened in 1951 as the Atami Station Department Store. The building was three stories with a gross floor area of approx. 2,200 sq m. The first and second floors of the building feature approximately 25 stores as tenants, including restaurants and souvenir shops.

A female employee (65) at one of the souvenir shops said, “This building has many memories attached to it. I’m sad to see it go.” A manager (45) for one of the shops said, “Oh well… We’ll be moving our business to other locations, but I’m not sure how it’ll work out in the end.”

The station tenant building was primarily targeted at visitors, but many customers at Lusca’s restaurants included salarymen who wanted to grab a drink before they headed home on the train. “We’ve seen so many different customers come in to burn their time. We’ll be moving to another location nearby, but I’m not sure customers will still drop in like before,” said one snack bar owner, worried.

Together with JR East’s station building reconstruction, the city will construct a station plaza over the course of two years starting in 2011. According to the city’s plan, a two-story parking structure for buses and taxis will be constructed, and the space currently used by the taxi pool will be converted to parking for 20 private vehicles and six buses for transporting guests at hotels and inns. The city’s construction department says, “JR East is aiming for completion of the station building and station tenant building in FY2012, so we’re also hoping to finish construction of the station plaza by then.”
Atami is the western extent of JR East’s section of the Tōkaidō Main Line, and is the first / last station on most of the Tōkaidō Line commuter services to / from Tōkyō Station. Some trains continue further onto the Itō Line and the Izu Kyūkō Line (owned by Tōkyū Corporation) down the Izu Peninsula, but these are mostly special trains used for day trips and such. Atami Station is also a stop on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, but only for Kodama and Hikari services.

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Odakyū to open new service center for foreign visitors at Odawara
http://www.odakyu.jp/program/info/da...3_2478458_.pdf

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At Odakyū Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (HQ: Shinjuku Ward, Tōkyō; President: Ōsuka Yorihiko), we will open the “Odakyū Sightseeing Service Center, Odawara,” an information center exclusively for foreign visitors inside Odawara Station on the Odakyū Line, on April 6, 2010 (Tuesday).

In recent years, many foreign visitors are coming to Japan, reaching approximately 6.80 million for 2009. At Odakyū, we established an “Odakyū Sightseeing Service Center” exclusively for foreign visitors inside Shinjuku Station on the Odakyū Line in 1999—a first in the railway industry—and we have served a cumulative total of approx. 353,000 customers as of December 2009. Now, we will open another Odakyū Sightseeing Service Center inside Odawara Station, which is the departure point for trips to Hakone and sees many foreign visitors, strengthening our information services to foreign visitors unfamiliar with travel in Japan.

Odakyū Sightseeing Service Center, Odawara will provide information on transportation and tourism and offer various tickets for purchase including the Hakone Free Pass, and is scheduled to be officially recognized as a Visit Japan information center by the Japan National Tourism Organization.

In addition, in celebration of the opening of the center, we will offer a convenient original travel pouch to the first 300 foreign visitors who purchase Hakone Free Passes or other special tickets at the center.

Odakyū is committed to expanding our services to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for all of our foreign customers.

Open hours: 9:30 to 15:30 (every day of the year)
Languages: English, Chinese, Korean
Services: Tourism and transportation information; sales of train tickets, Romancecar limited express tickets, and various free passes
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Ebina City pushes for Romancecar stop at Ebina Station
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/ka...502000079.html

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On April 8, Ebina City submitted to Odakyū Electric Railway headquarters (Shinjuku Ward, Tōkyō) a petition signed by over 230,000 residents calling for the designation of Ebina Station on the Odakyū Line as a stop on the Romancecar limited express.

The signature-gathering process was carried out primarily by the Citizens’ Conference for Making Ebina a Romancecar Stop (Chairman: Ebina City mayor Uchino Masaru), a public-private collaboration. The number of signatures collected surpassed the target of 200,000.

On the twenty boxes in which supporters placed their signatures for the petition is a special picture drawn by children from the Ebina City Katsuse Nursery School, who expressed their hope to one day ride Romancecar trains from Ebina.

Ebina Station is served by not only Odakyū, but also the Sōtetsu Line and the JR Sagami Line, and Ebina City citizens as well as residents from surrounding jurisdictions are supportive of the effort. Partially because many Romancecar trains already stop at Hon-Atsugi Station (Atsugi City), Odakyū has yet to weigh in on the possibility of having Romancecar trains stop at Ebina Station.
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Tōkyū opens new retail facility at Totsuka Station
http://www.asahi.com/housing/jutaku-...003020005.html

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Tōkyū Land Corporation and Tōkyū Community Corporation, designated builders for the Totsuka West Exit Cooperative Building located within the urban redevelopment zone outside Totsuka Station on the JR Tōkaidō Line, will open the Totsuka Tōkyū Plaza retail facility using floor area obtained by the two companies as part of the designation process. The grand opening is scheduled for April 2.

A total of 56 tenants will lease space in the retail facility, including supermarket chain Tōkyū Store, Muji Ryōhin, Yūrindō, and Tōkyū Hands Be. The two firms will target women in their 20s and 30s as the primary customer demographic for the new retail facility.

The Cooperative Building is composed of retail facility Totsukana Mall, managed primarily by local landowners and featuring 111 shops, and Tōkyū Land Corporation Group’s 56-store Totsuka Tōkyū Plaza. The central area of the building features a “central promenade,” planned to become the primary transport artery in the Totsuka Station area.

In addition, the project features special toilets that use industrial water during flushing, green walls and roofs, LED lighting systems, motion-sensor lighting systems, and a water thermal storage AC system. The building has already secured an “A” rank under the CASBEE Yokohama certification system, managed by Yokohama City to comprehensively assess the environmental efficiency of buildings.
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Approaching the West Exit of Totsuka Station. Here, Totsuka West A is closed and will be demolished.



Up the stairwell and into Totsuka Station, the corridor connecting to Totsuka West A is cordoned off.



New passage to Totsukana, partially still under construction.



This small retail building will be demolished.





Inside Totsuka Tōkyū Plaza.



The bus center side of Totsukana.



They are still putting the finishing touches on the bus center below.



Sōtetsu Group opened a new Sōtetsu Frésa Inn, a chain of business hotels in Kanagawa Prefecture managed by the railway group.





Tōkyū Store



Totsukana entrance from the station’s bus center.



Looking at Totsukana from the bus center.





On the pedestrian deck.



On the opposite side of the street is the current Totsuka Bus Center, still in use as they finish up the new one.





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New Musashi Kosugi Station nears one month after opening
http://mytown.asahi.com/kanagawa/new...00281004060004

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It will soon be one month since the opening of Musashi Kosugi Station (Nakahara Ward, Kawasaki City) on the JR Yokosuka Line. Passengers can now travel to most of Tōkyō’s major terminals, including Tōkyō, Shinagawa, and Shinjuku, without the need to transfer. Daily ridership is forecasted to reach approx. 70,000 entries and exits, and the flow of passengers is continuing to adapt to the new station. Redevelopment in the area around the station is also proceeding apace.

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“Please do not run.” It’s 8:00 am on April 5. The connecting passage between the Nambu Line and Yokosuka Line at Musashi Kosugi Station is thick with passengers in the morning, so much so that security guards stand watch and encourage users to be careful. Over half of the width of the approx. 390 m long passage is covered by passengers transferring from the Nambu Line and Tōkyū Lines to the Yokosuka Line.

One male office worker (45) who lives near Tsudayama Station (Takatsu Ward, Kawasaki City) on the Nambu Line commutes via Musashi Kosugi Station and the Yokosuka Line all the way to Inage Station (Chiba City). Up until March, he worked near Yokohama Station. “If the Yokosuka Line station hadn’t opened, I may have ended up leaving my family and moving alone into a new place closer to work starting in April,” he says. Another male office worker (51) who lives near Musashi Kosugi Station and commutes to Shinjuku Station was pleased with the new station: “Up until now, I was using Tōkyū, but I switched my commuter pass over to JR. I can get to work without transferring now, so it’s much more convenient.”

JR East is forecasting approx. 30,000 passengers daily transferring from the Nambu Line and approx. 40,000 new passengers daily with the opening of the new station. The connecting passage with the Nambu Line is only temporary, and in another year, the permanent passage will be complete. The plans call for the permanent passage to be shorter, at approx. 300 m, with several moving walkways installed inside.

Meanwhile, Tōkyū Corporation is eager to put even a small dent in ridership losses with the opening of the new JR station. Daily entries and exits at Musashi Kosugi Station for the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line and Meguro Line are approx. 200,000 (FY2008). With spring approaching—meaning commuters switching out their old commuter passes for new ones—the railway has launched a campaign that allows passengers who purchase commuter passes to win discounted meals and coupons at affiliated companies. The railway is promoting its more frequent service to central Tōkyō on the ads hanging from the ceilings of trains, showing off to users the benefits of Tōkyū trains over JR trains.

Passengers without commuter passengers also have it easy between JR and Tōkyū. One part-time female worker (31) who commutes from Musashi Kosugi Station to Ebisu Station says, “On the morning commute, I use JR since I can get there quicker and without transferring, but on the trip home, I use Tōkyū because the last trains are later and the schedule is more frequent.” A male office worker (28), who frequently goes direct from his home near Musashi Kosugi Station to visit clients in Tōkyō Prefecture, says, “There are more options now, so I think the Tōkyū trains are less congested than before. Both Tōkyū and JR are convenient.”

A more attractive neighborhood, increased population
After exiting the faregates at the new station and looking up from the bus terminal, two high-rise condominium towers, approx. 200 m (59 stories) and 170 m (47 stories) stand tall. On the south side is another cluster of 100 m plus towers. Walking a bit towards Tōkyū’s end of the station, one finds several parcels surrounded by fresh white panels, waiting for construction to begin.

Kawasaki City and others had been asking JR to establish the new station since 2000, and in 2005, the city and JR signed a basic agreement on the station. Less than three years after construction began in May 2007, the station finally opened. Hamada Kanji, president of JR East’s Yokohama Branch Office, is excited: “We’ve been working at breakneck pace to finish the station. The town in still in the process of being developed, so I’m eagerly anticipating what the future holds for us.” Typically, station openings trail behind town developments, but the new Musashi Kosugi Station is one case where coordination between the city and the railway went smoothly.

When the basic agreement was signed in 2005, the city drafted a new general plan (Kawasaki Rebirth Frontier Plan) and has been advancing redevelopment efforts. The population of Kawasaki City’s Nakahara Ward, home to the new station, has grown by 18,706 residents between December 2005, before the condominium towers were completed, and the end of December 2009. Even in the land value assessment report released by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in March, the average value of residential land in Nakahara Ward was ¥310,000 per sq m, tops in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Shintaki Ken’ichi, senior researcher at the Hamagin Research Institute, says, “The relative potential of the town is increasing, and the population will continue to increase.” For employees of global companies, who often need to travel overseas on business, having a one-seat ride to Narita Airport on the Narita Express is a big plus.

Spokespersons for Tōkyū say they are also looking forward to the new development in the area: “In the mid- to long-term, as the attractiveness of the area increases, so will the population. The opening of the new JR station is a plus for Tōkyū as well.”
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Keikyū Main Line platform extensions and new Airport Express service

It appears that Keikyū is doing some platform extension work at Nakakido Station and Sugita Station on the Keikyū Main Line in Yokohama City. Currently, both stations are designed to handle six-car trains, and only local trains stop, but it looks like they are extending the platforms to accomodate eight cars. There also appears to be some platform improvement work at Koganechō Station as well.

Construction at Sugita Station (2010.03.28). The platforms are being extended at the north end (closer to Kami-Ōoka Station).
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There is no official press release yet, but Keikyū has also been switching out their rollsigns, and the new ones have “Airport Express” (エアポート急行) included, a service which currently doesn’t even exist. So it seems likely that the platform construction is related to this, and that this new Airport Express service will run between Haneda Airport, Yokohama, and the southern end of the Main Line. This new service is also probably related to the grade separation work at Keikyū Kamata Station, whereby frequency on the Airport Line to / from Haneda Airport will increase substantially. It’s probably also designed to take advantage of the opening of the new International Terminal at Haneda Airport later this year, and could potentially be initiated as part of a major schedule change to the Keikyū Line, together with Keisei’s major service changes coinciding with the opening of the Narita Sky Access in July. This new Airport Express would mark the return of “express” service on the Main Line south of Kamata Station (currently, there are “local,” “rapid limited express,” and “limited express” services, but no “express” service).


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Staffed airline counters at Hamamatsuchō Station close
http://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/info/detail.asp

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The Japan Air Lines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) staffed counters at the Monorail Hamamatsuchō City Air Terminal (MCAT) on the third floor of Tōkyō Monorail’s Hamamatsuchō Station (Minato Ward, Tōkyō) ended service on March 31 after approx. 12 years of providing passenger services to Haneda Airport users.

With a declining number of users as a result of the spread of e-tickets, which don’t require purchasing airline tickets at service counters, and auto check-in machines, the closures are part of a plan by airline companies to streamline business operations. Staffed counters have been at MCAT since the facility opened in 1998, and featured all the major airline companies at the time. Throughout the years, many of Haneda Airport’s users would purchase their airline tickets and complete the check-in process at these counters, proceeding afterwards to the airport terminal by monorail to board their flight. As the airport check-in process was handled completely off-site, many airplane fans referred to the counters as “the second Haneda Airport.”

One man (50) from Minato Ward, who has been taking the monoral from Hamamatsuchō Station for over ten years now when he uses Haneda Airport on business trips, mourned the loss: “Not everything lasts forever, so there’s nothing much we can really do about it. To be honest, I’ve rarely needed to visit the staffed counters recently, but it was nice to see the airline staff always there, with smiles on their faces.”

According to officials from Tōkyō Monorail’s public relations department, after closure of the staffed counters, MCAT will still remain under the same name, and will still feature automatic check-in machines for both airline companies. The space originally occupied by the counters is now scheduled to be used for installation of an elevator for the the monorail’s boarding platform.
MCAT, located adjacent to the station’s Central Gate.


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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #1175
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Tōkyō Monorail Haneda Airport International Terminal Station
http://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/pre_...ldg/index.html

Just a few nice renderings that the railway put up a few days ago…

New station and International Terminal





Basic layout



Third floor, inbound platform (towards Hamamatsuchō)



Third floor, outbound platform



Second floor, concourse



Elevator and stairwell access between second-floor concourse and third-floor platforms.

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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:24 AM   #1176
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New E233-5000 series for the Keiyō Line makes press debut

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Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/



WiMAX antenna (above the door).





Blue seats, similar to the E233-1000 series for the Keihin-Tōhoku Line.



Priority seating area.



Information to be displayed on the LCDs will be transmitted using WiMAX technology.



Testing at Shin-Narashino Station:


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New JR East digital poster installation debuts at Shinagawa Station

The installation is inside the main public passage at the station. Operation began on March 29.
Source: http://ameblo.jp/digitalsignage/



BeeTV ad



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Fire (Kirin) ad (canned coffee)



Gogo no Kōcha (“Afternoon Tea”) (Kirin) ad.
This is actually one of my favorite drinks.





Shiki Monogatari (“Four Seasons Story”) (Maruchan) ad (cup noodles)



A couple roundtrips on foot through the new installation:


Source: uye515 on YouTube

This is pretty much the perfect location for this type of installation... During rush hours, the passenger flow through this corridor is impressive, as an unending stream of people disembark from JR and Keikyū trains and make their way to office towers in the surrounding area.


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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:29 AM   #1178
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JR East opens renovated South Court retail at Tōkyō Station

On March 28, they reopened a renovated South Court at Tōkyō Station (the former Dila Tōkyō Media Court), managed by JR East Station Retailing, which manages all the ecute outlets in the Tōkyō area. They’ve dubbed the new facility “ecute Tōkyō.” The original press release is here:
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NNN special feature. Seems the place is already quite popular among the OLs and salarymen.


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Tōhoku Through Line construction update

I haven’t mentioned this project much since construction started last year, so here’s some pictures to update us on the progress. Most are from 2010.04.03, but there’s a couple from February and March:
Source: http://homepage.mac.com/otanuki/

First, let’s start near Tōkyō Station.
This is the on-site construction office. The ground level is left open to allow material and equipment access to the ramp up to track level.





You can see the ramp up, and some of the equipment in the background.



Closeup of the crane.



More equipment, shot from the end of the Tōhoku Shinkansen platforms. Apparently, when the Shinkansen is not in service, they remove the buffer stop and slide a traverser (bottom left) over to allow it to exit the storage area.



Moving towards Kanda Station… No idea what this giant green monster is.





This is from the east side of the Shinkansen tracks.



Some of the beams for the new elevated structure overhang above the Keihin-Tōhoku Line.





Looking south from the platforms at Kanda.



Immediately east of Kanda Station, the columns to support the second deck above the Tōhoku Shinkansen are taking shape.



Work on the storage tracks for the Tōhoku Main Line and Jōban Line near Okachimachi Station.

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JR East and Tekken develop new pile construction method under station platforms
http://www.tekken.co.jp/cms/whats/20...082752t164.pdf

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East Japan Railway Company, JR East Consultants Company, Tekken Corporation, and Tōa-Tone Boring Co., Ltd. have developed a cast-in-place pile construction method suited for station improvement works, where the construction area is constrained. The unique feature of this construction method is the use of a newly-developed excavating machine that makes it possible to now construct cast-in-place piles, even in the confined spaces beneath train station platforms. We have called this machine-based cast-in-place pile construction method the “height-restricted cast-in-place pile construction method,” and on March 31, 2010, set up a mock train platform at Tekken Corporation’s Construction Technology Center (Narita City) to demonstrate a test excavation. With this construction method, it is now possible to construct cast-in-place piles beneath train platforms during station improvement works, reducing the impacts of construction on passengers, allowing pile construction to also occur outside of nighttime periods, and improving the efficiency of pile construction.

Background
Currently, pile construction as part of station improvement works has been faced with the following two problems.

Firstly, installation of fencing on the platform was required, resulting in impediment to passenger flows on platforms and a hassle for station users.

Secondly, pile excavation work could only proceed inside the fenced-off area. As a result, excavation work could only be conducted after the end of train services for the day, and in central city areas, pile boring work could only be conducted for one to two hours. This in turn results in a prolonged construction schedule and high costs.

New Construction Method
In order to resolve this situation and prevent impediment to passenger flow, we worked to develop an excavation machine that could work in the extremely confined spaces (approx. 2 m of vertical clearance) beneath platforms. In order to realize a feasible construction method in such a confined space, we looked at keeping the excavation capabilities of the new machine similar to existing excavation machines, and reduced the weight and size of the excavation machine.
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