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Old May 2nd, 2010, 09:56 PM   #1221
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Construction update: Kintetsu Kyōto Station redevelopment and improvements

This project involves construction of a new building sandwiched between the JR and Kintetsu tracks at Kyōto Station. The building will serve as a new 368-room hotel for Kintetsu, and there are additional improvements for the station itself, including a new platform, expanded / renovated station retail, and redesigned station exits. Original post is here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=671

A handful of pictures from 2010.04:
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/

The scaffolding on the hotel building has grown taller and we can start to see the east end of the building taking shape.



Apparently, the price of the hotel’s rooms will be set a little bit higher than most of the other business hotels in the area. Kintetsu already operates the New Miyako Hotel in the area, so the higher prices should help differentiate between the two properties.



In contrast to the east end, it doesn’t look like much work on the west end has been completed, probably because this is the more complicated side.



A view from the top of the Kyōto Tower. You actually can’t see any of the construction going on, except for the crane peeking through, because of Kyōto Station. In the distance, you can also see Ōsaka City.

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Old May 2nd, 2010, 09:57 PM   #1222
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Meitetsu announces FY2010 investment plan
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/bus...1715028-n1.htm

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On April 22, Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) announced its infrastructure investment plan for FY2010. The total investment for FY2010 is 16.2 percent lower than the previous fiscal year, and the fourth straight year of investment decline.

The investment is focused on systems infrastructure in preparation for the February 2011 rollout of IC farecard manaca. The upgrade of a portion of the limited express fleet will also be completed, resulting in a drop in rolling stock investments—which up until now had been at high levels—and a drop in total investment.

Meitetsu will invest ¥6 billion in its railway business for faregates and renovation works, as well as continuing barrier-free improvements such as elevator and multi-function toilets at nine stations.

For its real estate development business, the railway will begin construction of the Shin-Chūkei Building (temporary name) near Nagoya Station in coordination with Chūbu Keizai Shimbun (The Mid-Japan Economist).
Details of the plan are here:
http://www.meitetsu.co.jp/profile/ne...0917_1138.html
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 09:59 PM   #1223
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New card name and logo for Nagoya City / Meitetsu card revealed
http://chubu.yomiuri.co.jp/news_top/100417_4.htm

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“manaca” has been selected as the name for the new IC (integrated circuit) farecard to launch next February for buses and trains operated by Nagoya City and the Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) Group. The logo and card design were revealed on April 16. The name comes from the Nagoya area’s geographic location as the center (mannaka) of Japan.

By loading the farecard with value and placing it near card readers installed at faregates, passengers can board the Nagoya City Transportation Bureau, Meitetsu, Meitetsu Bus, Toyohashi Railroad, the Nagoya Waterfront Rapid Railway (Aonami Line), and the Nagoya Guideway Bus (Yutorīto Line). The card will also come with the ability to make shopping payments at some stores.

Plans are underway to have the card mutually interoperable with JR Central’s TOICA and JR East’s Suica by FY2012. Kintetsu, which has introduced the PiTaPa card used on Kansai’s private railways, says it is “actively considering” mutual interoperability with the new card.
The situation with Kintetsu is a little bit strange, as its network spans both the Keihanshin (Ōsaka-Kōbe-Kyōto) and Chūkyō (Nagoya) areas, but uses PiTaPa, which is basically the Kansai private railways card. If PiTaPa and the new Manaca card are interoperable, I believe this will be the first major interoperability agreement in Japan between non-JR cards in different metropolitan areas.

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Old May 2nd, 2010, 10:01 PM   #1224
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Toyotetsu plans new IC farecard to piggyback off Meitetsu and Nagoya City card
http://mytown.asahi.com/aichi/news.p...00001004130001

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In regards to the IC farecard for Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) and the Nagoya City Transportation Bureau scheduled for introduction in February 2011, Toyohashi Railroad (Toyotetsu) has begun plans to introduce its own IC farecard and allow for mutual interoperability with Meitetsu and the Nagoya City Transportation Bureau. By allowing for mutual interoperability, Toyotetsu hopes to increase convenience for passengers, particularly those traveling between Toyohashi and Nagoya.

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Toyotetsu is hammering out plans to introduce IC farecards, which allow passengers to pass through ticketing by simply placing their card near readers located at faregates, onto the Atsumi Line, an 18 km heavy rail line linking Shin-Toyohashi Station (Toyohashi City) and Mikawa Tahara Station (Tahara City), and onto the Toyohashi City Line, a 5.4 km streetcar line.

For the streetcars, which have no faregates, Toyotetsu will install card readers inside trains. The railway currently has plans to install simplified card readers, but since some stations are unstaffed, Toyotetsu will now consider at which stations to install the readers, or whether to introduce full faregate machines, based on a cost-benefit analysis.

As introducing an IC farecard only for its own network would result in a very limited system, Toyotetsu is aiming to increase passenger convenience and circulation of the IC farecard by joining the IC farecard system used by the Nagoya City Transportation Bureau and the railway’s parent company Meitetsu. The IC farecard for Meitetsu and the City Transportation Bureau is scheduled to be equipped with electronic money functionality, and Toyotetsu plans to increase the number of electronic money-affiliated stores within Toyohashi City.

People living in and around Toyohashi City make frequent use of Toyotetsu trains for commutes or for daily travel needs, and it’s expected convenience for passengers will increase, especially for those traveling to and from Nagoya.

Meitetsu and the Nagoya City Transportation Bureau are also targeting mutual interoperability with JR Central’s TOICA farecard in FY2012. While JR and private railway farecards are already interoperable in the Greater Tōkyō and Keihanshin areas, similar efforts in the Nagoya area have not made much progress.

The IC farecard that Meitetsu and the Nagoya City Transportation Bureau are aiming to introduce is also scheduled to be accepted on the Nagoya Waterfront Rapid Railway (Aonami Line) and the Nagoya Guideway Bus.
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 10:02 PM   #1225
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Nagoya Municipal Subway 6050 series makes press debut
http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/...post_1246.html

New series for the extension of the Nagoya Municipal Subway Sakura-dōri Line from Nonami to Tokushige. This particular train was manufactured by Nippon Sharyō at its Toyokawa Plant in Toyokawa City. Trains are five cars and are designed to work with the platform doors to open with the extension (and also being installed on the existing section of the line by 2011). Electricity consumption was also reduced and a black box to record the train’s activities is also installed. Trains will enter service in early July 2010.







Bucket-type seating, seven wide.



Wheelchair space is provided in every car.



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Old May 2nd, 2010, 10:04 PM   #1226
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 10:06 PM   #1227
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Shizuoka governer says he won’t seize land for Namazu Freight Terminal
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/shi...OYT8T00755.htm

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In regards to the land acquisition process for a new freight terminal as part of the elevation of the rail lines surrounding JR Numazu Station, at an April 12 press conference, Governor Kawakatsu remarked that he “would not seize the land for the relocated freight terminal by force,” reemphasizing his stance to achieve agreement with local residents in the railway elevation and freight terminal relocation projects. Governor Kawakatsu discussed the issue with JR Freight president Kobayashi Masaaki in late March, and expressed his belief that he has achieved basic understanding from JR Freight and that both parties have agreed to work towards a resolution.

Up until now, Governor Kawakatsu has expressed doubts over the necessity of the freight terminal considering the low freight volumes being handled, and had been beefing up his criticism of the project: “Why do we need a Numazu Freight Terminal? JR Freight has not done an adequate job explaining the situation and has not fulfilled its duty to society in this respect.”

At the April 2 press conference, Governor Kawakatsu revealed that he had a meeting with JR Freight president Kobayashi and JR Freight executive Koremura Masahiro at the railway’s headquarters in Tōkyō Prefecture on March 30 for about an hour.

According to Governor Kawakatsu, the two parties exchanged opinions on the complications surrounding the project, as well as the current situation and necessity of the Numazu Freight Terminal. The Governor remarked that when he explained that 30 percent of landowners at the proposed site for the new freight terminal were opposed to the project, JR Freight accepted the circumstances, saying “there is no way we can seize the land by force.” At the press conference, the governor commented, “We’re finally on the same page.”

In regards to the problem, JR Freight’s public relations office, in an interview with Yomiuri Shimbun, has said, “This is not a sign that we have come to a mutual agreement on anything, but only that there has been no progress of any note on the issue.” Railway spokespersons commented, “We still believe there is a need to protect freight terminal functions for the Numazu district.”
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 10:08 PM   #1228
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Bus-only lanes for Niigata City before major transit infrastructure investment
http://mytown.asahi.com/niigata/news...00001004100005

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At an April 9 press conference, Mayor Shinoda Akira of Niigata City—which is considering introduction of a new transport system such as light rail or a small monorail into its central districts—remarked, “There wasn’t even space to introduce a new public transportation system. Without bus lanes at a minimum, it’s unthinkable to jump into a new public transportation system,” expressing his intention to establish exclusive bus lanes in the near-term on the roads between JR Niigata Station and City Hall.

According to the city’s Urban Transportation Policy Section, the city will establish bus-only lanes during this fiscal year after consulting with the Prefectural Police and other agencies, and examine the benefits of the project on citizen lifestyles.

In addition, in regards to the revitalization of the Furumachi district, where the Daiwa Niigata flagship store will close in June, Mayor Shinoda commented, “We must have the commercial association and the shopowners do their part first. If commercial associations and shops each fulfill their roles, we can revitalize this area.”
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 10:09 PM   #1229
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Tsuruga City breaks ground on new station building at Tsuruga Station
http://mytown.asahi.com/fukui/news.p...00001004130003

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On April 12, Tsuruga City announced that it will break ground on the temporary station building for JR Tsuruga Station by the end of the month. The portion of the building to be constructed includes the waiting room and retail space. A new station building housing the waiting room and retail facility will be constructed as part of a city project near the location of the current station waiting room, and starting April 13, the city will put an architect’s model of the station building on display at City Hall and canvass public opinion.

The new construction involves the “lobby” section of the station building, which houses the waiting room, retail space, and restrooms, but the ticketing area and station administrative offices will remain as is. Starting around late May, the city will canvass public opinion by putting on display inside City Hall’s ground-level lobby a model of the new station building, which features roofs reminiscent of the warehouses at Tsuruga Harbor.

The temporary station building is scheduled to be completed around October, and will be moved as much as 30 m north of the existing waiting room. The building will cover 223 sq m, about half of the current size. Construction costs for the temporary station are ¥68 million.

The existing city-operated parking facility outside the station in Kanawachō 1-chōme will also be expanded by approx. 2,300 sq m (approx. 95 spaces) to approx. 6,800 sq m (approx. 250 spaces total). The city will start the work in May, and after asphalt pavement and fence construction, is aiming for completion in August. Project cost is approx. ¥15 million.

Source: Fukui Shimbun
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Articulated bus trial in Utsunomiya City
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/toc...OYT8T01441.htm

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On April 18, the Articulated Bus Project (Representative: Kimura Teruaki), a Tochigi Prefecture automobile fan group, will sponsor a trial run of an articulated bus (length: 18 m) in Utsunomiya City. Articulated buses are being considered by Utsunomiya City together with light rail transit (LRT) as possible technology choices for an east-west trunk transport line, and Kimura says, “We want to see whether the bus will be able to smoothly navigate intersections in the central districts of the city.”

Articulated buses, capable of transporting a large volume of passengers, are already operating in Atsugi City and Fujisawa City in Kanagawa Prefecture, and in Chiba City.

The Articulated Bus Project is composed of ten office workers in their twenties and thirties. The articulated bus to be used in the trial run was used as a shuttle bus during the 1985 International Exposition in Tsukuba, and was purchased in 2008 for approx. ¥200,000 by Kimura, who says his love affair with buses “got the best of him.” “As a citizen of Utsunomiya City, I want to do what I can to contribute to solving public transportation issues. Based on the results of the trial run, I’m hoping to propose something to the Utsunomiya City government,” explains Kimura.

On April 18, Kimura will take the wheel and the bus will depart a parking facility in Ichikai Town at 2:00 pm. The bus is scheduled to travel on a route via National Route 123, the East and West Exits at JR Utsunomiya Station, and National Route 4.
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Itō Ham to enter Yumemino area
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/ib...702000095.html

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In the Shimo-Takai Special Land Readjustment Project being undertaken by the Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) in Toride City, on April 16 it was revealed that Itō Ham (HQ: Nishinomiya City, Hyōgo Prefecture) would join the development scheme. Last month, the company purchased the “former food plant site” from UR for a total of approx. ¥2.6 billion. After transferral of the land in 2011, the company aims to begin operation by 2016.

The Shimo-Takai Special Land Readjustment Project broke ground in 1996 and covers a total land area of approx. 79.7 ha. The planned population of the development is 6,100 people, and the project is composed of residential land for 1,970 homes, “attraction facility” land for retail uses, and “planned construction” land for corporations.

Itō Ham will enter a 7 ha area in the north-easternmost portion of the “planned construction” land (13.1 ha total spread across five parcels), adjacent to the Toride City Takai Elementary School and the largest site in the land readjustment project.

Spokespersons for the company said, “The scale of the factory and the schedule for start of operation are still undecided,” but considering that the land purchase agreement includes a supplementary clause requiring “facility completion within five years,” it’s expected the facility will begin construction and launch operations within the required time period.

In addition, the land purchase is perceived to be part of the reorganization of the company’s production hubs in eastern Japan, which includes the relocation of its Tōkyō Plant (Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture).

With the nearing completion of the Kantō Railway Jōsō Line’s new Yumemino Station, scheduled to open in 2011, the land readjustment project is set to kick into next gear in its fifteenth year since breaking ground.
Original post on the new Yumemino Station:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=337
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Elevated JR Isesaki Station to open May 30
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/gu...502000120.html

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On April 14, Gunma Prefecture and JR East’s Takasaki Branch Office announced that the approx. 2.5 km of elevated viaduct on the JR Ryōmō Line at Isesaki Station, together with the new station building at Isesaki Station—both part of the Isesaki Station Continuous Grade-Separation Project designed to relieve traffic congestion in central Isesaki City—will debut in regular service starting May 30.

The continuous grade-separation project is aimed at solving grade crossing issues by elevating the tracks for the JR Ryōmō Line and Tōbu Isesaki Line, which cut through central Isesaki City in a “Y” shape. The total cost of the project (not including construction of frontage roads) is ¥25.2 billion, and the JR portion, including elevated track, has been under construction since FY2005.

The new station building at Isesaki Station being constructed as part of the railway elevation also includes a new North Exit at the station, with a station plaza. Meanwhile, the current station building and platforms will still remain at the south side of the new station building, so the South Exit will feature a temporary passage to allow for access from the front. Demolition work on the current station facilities which will be discontinued, including the station building and platforms, will begin sometime this summer.

The switchout of the tracks as part of the railway elevation will occur between the late evening of May 29 and the early morning of May 30. As a result, service on a portion of the Ryōmō Line between Maebashi and Kiryū will be suspended for a total of three trains immediately before the switchout, with substitute bus service provided.

Meanwhile, the Tōbu Isesaki Line is being elevated starting from Isesaki Station for approx. 2.2 km to the southeast, and the intermediate Shin-Isesaki Station will also become an elevated station. Operations are scheduled to switch to the elevated track in FY2013.
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Yokohama City jumps on “blue light” bandwagon
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/na...002000205.html

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In an effort to prevent suicide attempts by train, three private railways in Yokohama City have installed “blue lighting,” believed to have a calming effect on people’s psyche, at approx. 30 locations including station platforms. The JR companies have introduced blue lighting on an experimental basis, and last year, JR East installed blue lighting at all 29 stations on the Yamanote Line. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has indicated a policy intention to examine the effects of blue lighting, and efforts by railway companies are garnering attention.

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The introduction of blue lighting on railways in Yokohama City began in FY2009 with funding assistance from the city. Of the six railway companies operating inside Yokohama City, the city funded 50 percent of installation expenses to the three railway companies who agreed to the program—Keihin Electric Express Railway (Keikyū), Tōkyū Corporation, and Sagami Railway (Sōtetsu)—and by March of this year, blue light-emitting diode (LED) lighting systems were installed at approx. 39 locations on station platforms and at grade crossings.

For the three-year period ending in 2007, 1,846 persons committed suicide in Yokohama City, of which 68 were “railway suicides” committed by train. When categorized by method, railway suicides are only fifth, and the number of cases is comparatively not large, but the effect can be substantial, as train service may be disrupted, affecting many commuters heading to and from work or school.

According to statistics by the MLIT, there were 679 instances of cancelled train service or delays of 30 minutes or more in FY2008 in Tōkyō, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba Prefectures, but 307 of these cases (45 percent) were a result of suicide attempts.

Yokohama City will continue funding assistance for blue lighting installations until FY2011. The city’s program manager says, “We are hoping to install as much blue lighting as we can to reduce suicide attempts by even a few cases.”

The effect of blue lighting has yet to be proven scientifically. At a Greater Tōkyō Area Railway Service Disruption Counterstrategy Conference held in December of last year, sponsored by the MLIT and attended by twelve railway companies in the National Capital Region, preventing railway suicides was a major theme, and attendees agreed to examine the benefits of blue lighting.

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According to color psychology researcher Motonaga Shizuka, who is supporting efforts at crime prevention through use of blue lighting, there are reports that introduction of blue lighting for crime prevention purposes resulted in a decrease in crime. She also says blue lighting may have at least some effect on the psyche of those attempting to commit suicide. While there is no scientific proof yet available, Yokohama City and the railway companies have hedged their bets that the installations will be successful.
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Sōtetsu releases special iPhone app
http://www.sotetsu.co.jp/news_releas.../100414_02.pdf

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At Sōtetsu Holdings, Inc. (HQ: Nishi Ward, Yokohama City; President: Torii Makoto), starting April 15, 2010 we will launch a new service called Sōtetsu Appli, designed to provide iPhone and iPod Touch users with access to Sōtetsu Group’s wealth of services.

This application was developed jointly with P.R.O. Co., Ltd. (HQ: Naka Ward, Yokohama City; President: Ōtaka Jun) exclusively for the iPhone and iPad Touch, which are gradually expanding in circulation across Japan. In addition to allowing users to read our popular PR magazine Sōtetsu Kawaraban in electronic book version, the application also allows users to view video shot from the driver’s cab of Sōtetsu trains and a gallery of rare railway photos. In the near future, we will expand the project to provide a wealth of Sōtetsu Group services, including special walking courses from each of the stations on our network and popular shows from Sōtetsu Group’s cable television company, Yokohama Cable Vision, Inc. (HQ: Asahi Ward, Yokohama City; President: Furuya Toshio).

In order to use the service, users can go through iTunes on their personal computer to download Sōtetsu Appli. iPhone and iPod Touch users can connect directly via 3G network or through Wi-Fi to the App Store to download the application. This application will also notify users via the iPhone screen when new services in the program are launched.

As the circulation of iPhone and iPod Touch units is expected to increase into the future, Sōtetsu Group will continue to convert our wealth of products and services into applications.
Sōtetsu Kawaraban (left) and railway photos (right)



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Source: http://journal.mycom.co.jp/
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Women-only cars enter service on Keihin-Tōhoku Line / Negishi Line
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/life/trend/...0811001-n1.htm

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On April 19, women-only cars began service on the Keihin-Tōhoku Line / Negishi Line during the morning commute period.

The women-only car is Car No. 3, and is in service in the Ōmiya-bound direction between Ōfuna and Shinagawa, and in the Ōfuna-bound direction between Ōmiya and Tōkyō. The women-only cars are in service for all trains arriving at Shinagawa and Tōkyō between 7:30 and 9:00 am on weekdays.

Women-only cars have been introduced by major private railways and other operators in the Greater Tōkyō area, as well as urban areas in Nagoya and Ōsaka, with the goal of preventing groping. JR East is also considering introduction of the cars onto the Yamanote Line and Tōkaidō Line.
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Widening of Yokosuka Line platforms at Yokohama Station complete

On the night of April 24 and into the morning of April 25, JR East performed the track switchout for the newly widened Yokosuka Line platforms at Yokohama Station. Due to severe platform congestion, work on widening the Yokosuka Line / Shōnan-Shinjuku Line platforms has been proceeding by taking over space originally used by the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line, which was undergrounded and connected to the Minato Mirai Line in 2004.

There was some cancellation of service, and inbound Yokosuka Line / Shōnan-Shinjuku Line trains (bound for Tōkyō) which normally use Platform 10 were forced to use Platform 8, a secondary platform for the Tōkaidō Line, between 2100 on April 24 and 0930 on April 25.

Some videos:
Source: karibajct on YouTube

First, scenes of what it was like before the widening (2010.04.22). You can see the progress on the platform before they made the switch.



Next, the last inbound train on the old Platform 10, a 15-car Yokosuka Line train bound for Narita departing at 20:54 on April 24. Later trains were forced to use Platform 8 until the new Platform 10 was up and running the next morning.



Finally, some footage after 21:00 on April 24 and on April 25. You can see workers scrambling to put the finishing touches on the widened platform, including the detection tiles, while passengers continue to use the adjacent Platform 9 for outbound trains. One worker is also testing the PA system, while others help remove some of the old equipment and signage. The video ends with scenes after the Platform 10 reopens. You can see they’ve covered up some of the old train signals no longer in use.



Some photos:
Source: http://szh-449901.cocolog-nifty.com/

Workers dismantling the old track.



Covering up the old destination signs.



Another small army of workers shoveling out the old ballast. Just goes to show that even with all the machines, sometimes you just need to do things with your bare hands.



The next morning, passengers were greeted with a substantially widened platform.



Here, construction is mostly finished, and workers are just waiting for test trains to check that everything is OK.



First train is the 9:41 departure, an 11-car Yokosuka Line train bound for Narita Airport.





Temporary car / door location signs.



Workers gather as a test train passes through the station at 9:19.



Some unusual sights like this, where two Narita Express trains meet, but in the reverse direction (here, the Narita Airport-bound train is on the left instead of on the right). Looking at this, you can also see that inbound trains using the secondary Tōkaidō Line platform (Platform 8) needed to cross the outbound Yokosuka Line track to get back onto the inbound track.



Workers remove the cordon separating the new Platform 10.



The Tōkyō end of the new Platform 10 has been moved out a bit from the previous position.



Switchout location on the Hodogaya end.



I guess they haven’t finished work on the Hodogaya end of the platform, and it will remain somewhat narrow until they fill in the platform above the old track. Because of the limited width, they didn’t put any car / door location signs here so passengers don’t crowd together.



Next up in the pipeline is similar platform widening work at Tsujidō Station, set to happen later this month.
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Keihin-Tōhoku Line / Negishi Line cab view

Complete one-way cab view of a Keihin-Tōhoku Line / Negishi Line rapid train from Ōfuna in Kamakura City to Ōmiya in Saitama City. Distance covered is 81.2 km and journey time is approx. 110 min.

Part 1 (Ōfuna – Kōnandai): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd35JFFys04&hd=1
Part 2 (Kōnandai – Isogo): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u_mhLV7z0g&hd=1
Part 3 (Isogo – Yamate): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv6rqIOTn0Y&hd=1
Part 4 (Yamate – Yokohama): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx2y_6cbyNw&hd=1
Part 5 (Yokohama – Shin-Koyasu): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6JNazi24JM&hd=1
Part 6 (Shin-Koyasu – Kawasaki): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGxr2E1Rt8A&hd=1
Part 7 (Kawasaki – Ōmori): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LpWVfGB5w0&hd=1
Part 8 (Ōmori – Shinagawa): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUKpiTMWwWQ&hd=1
Part 9 (Shinagawa – Tōkyō): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrCHSqbNqhA&hd=1
Part 10 (Tōkyō – Tabata): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQaQfPlpCKY&hd=1
Part 11 (Tabata – Akabane): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjmXtxm239s&hd=1
Part 12 (Akabane – Warabi): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwZULs37o-w&hd=1
Part 13 (Warabi – Kita-Urawa): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOiZHenQBrU&hd=1
Part 14 (Kita-Urawa – Ōmiya): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmjOkF8VCVY&hd=1
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 10:27 PM   #1238
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Construction update: JR Musashi Kosugi connecting passage

Pictures from 2010.03.19 of the new connecting passage under construction between the Yokosuka Line / Shōnan-Shinjuku Line and the Nambu Line at JR Musashi Kosugi Station.
Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/

From the north end of the Yokosuka Line platforms. From here, the passage dives beneath the Yokosuka Line tracks.



The temporary passage they have right now has glass panels so passengers can see the progress on the permanent passage. On the left side, at center, you can see the floor of the new passage being constructed, with the rebar in place.



Here, the passage dives below the Yokosuka Line and Shinkansen viaducts. The right part supposedly continues onto what will be an elevator.



In the back, the “skyline” of Musashi Kosugi.



On the outbound Nambu Line platform (bound for Tachikawa). Here, the beams supporting the connecting passage seem to be jutting out a bit, so perhaps they will convert this for use as a platform when the permanent passage opens.



On the inbound platform (bound for Kawasaki), the stairwell width is somewhat restricted due to the platform width and an adjacent building, so they won’t be able to provide an escalator at this particular location.



This is the inbound side of a new underground passage for crossing beneath the (at-grade) Nambu Line tracks. Apparently this opened in October of last year. Inside is an elevator and a stairwell that wraps around as it descends.



Outbound side. The elevator on this side is directly beneath the Nambu Line – Yokosuka Line passage.



The right half here is the temporary passage.





A ridiculously large steel frame separates the contruction site from the Shinkansen right-of-way.

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Barrier-free improvements for Nishi-Kamakura Station
http://news.kanaloco.jp/localnews/article/1004040015/

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Nishi-Kamakura Station on the Shōnan Monorail (HQ: Tokiwa, Kamakura City) will be rebuilt in FY2010 with barrier-free access. The railway will construct a new relocated station closer to the Ōfuna end of the line, while Kamakura City and others will fund installation of elevators. The work is targeted for a completion before the end of the fiscal year, and after completion of the new station, the current station building will be decommissioned and demolished.

The total project cost for the station building portion of the project is approx. ¥550 million. The cost of the elevator installation, which will receive funding assistance, is approx. ¥60 million, and will be split evenly three ways between the national government, local (prefectural and city) government, and the railway.

The platforms at the station are located approx. 6.2 m above ground level, and the station building is currently located at the Shōnan Enoshima end of the platforms. Vertical access is provided by stairwell only, and locals in the area have asked for barrier-free improvements at the station.

In FY2003 and FY2004, the city drafted a basic plan for improving the ease of mobility through the city. Within the plan, a total of seven stations operated by JR East, Enoshima Electric Railway, and Shōnan Monorail, including Nishi-Kamakura Station, were identified for barrier-free improvements.

As the current station building lacks sufficient space to install elevators, the elevators will instead be installed at the Ōfuna end of the platforms. As a result, the new station building will be constructed directly beneath the platforms on space currently used as a parking lot, and will be “relocated” approx. 30 m towards the Ōfuna end.

In addition, as the current station building is connected to a pedestrian bridge across a major prefectural route, the pedestrian bridge will remain even after demolition of the current station building. Sidewalks along the prefectural route in the vicinity of the station will also be widened, helping to increase safety for pedestrians.
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Haneda Airport railway improvements kicking into gear
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/...990135127.html

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In preparation for the substantial increase in international flights at Haneda Airport starting in October, improvements to airport access are kicking into full gear. On April 10, Tōkyō Monorail will switch out a portion of its current track for a new section of track that connects to the new station scheduled to open next to the new International Passenger Terminal at Haneda Airport currently under construction. On May 16, the inbound track of the Keikyū Main Line (connecting central Tōkyō, Yokohama, and Haneda Airport) near Keikyū Kamata Station (Ōta Ward, Tōkyō) will be elevated. Keikyū is currently in the process of constructing a new station underneath the International Terminal, and plans to open the new station together with the monorail station in the fall. There is also a plan to increase trains on the Keikyū Airport Line, which would bring central Tōkyō that much closer to the rest of the world.

The monorail track switchout work will last from 1:00 pm until the end of service on April 10. During that time, monorail service between Shōwajima and Haneda Airport Terminal 2 will be suspended, with substitute buses running in place. Between Hamamatsuchō and Shōwajima, the number of trains will be decreased, with all trains turning back at Shōwajima.

The platforms for the new Haneda Airport International Terminal Station will be placed on the same level as the International Terminal’s departure lobby (third floor). The exterior will feature glass, and spokespersons for Tōkyō Monorail say passengers will be able to enjoy views of Mt. Fuji and central Tōkyō’s night skyline from the station’s platforms. After the track switchout, travel time from Hamamatsuchō will remain largely unchanged, but the railway is currently looking at possibly implementing a new schedule.

The continuous grade separation of the Keikyū Main Line near Keikyū Kamata Station (approx. 6 km) will be fully completed in FY2012 with the elevation of the outbound track. As a result of the project, 28 grade crossings will be completely eliminated. With the elevation of the inbound track next month, the closure time at grade crossings will be reduced by approx. 40 percent, from 43 minutes during the peak hour on average to 28 minutes on average. As a portion of the Airport Line will also be double-tracked, Keikyū is also considering a schedule revision starting in May to increase passenger convenience.

After the elevation project is complete, the railway plans to increase trains on the Airport Line, reducing headways on direct service between Shinagawa and Haneda (approx. 15 min. travel time) from the current 10 minutes to 6-7 minutes, and between Yokohama and Haneda (approx. 24 min. travel time) from the current 20 minutes to 10 minutes.

Keikyū will introduce seven large (thirty-passenger capacity) elevators, directly connecting its new station to the departure and arrival lobbies and allowing users to bring luggage carts directly into the station.

Expansion of international flights at Haneda Airport
International flights at the airport are currently maxed out with approx. 9,000 annual flights, primarily midday charter flights to and from neighboring countries in Asia. Starting in October, approximately 30,000 midday flights and 30,000 late evening and early morning flights annually will become possible. A jump in international flights is forecasted—in particular, demand on long-haul flights to and from Europe and America during the late evening and early morning periods, when Narita Airport is closed. When including domestic flights, midday flights are ultimately expected to increase from approx. 303,000 annually to 407,000 annually.
The switchout of the monorail track was an impressive exercise, as they brought out four cranes working in two pairs to dismantle the existing monorail beams and put the new ones up.

Video of the switchout:
Source: no975g on YouTube

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HUU8NE7sFI&hd=1
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXNudzqHmQc&hd=1
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuWuvHD0V7I&hd=1
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0udZhA5Nv3k&hd=1
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd4uaqW6Xb4&hd=1
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLPgjESZhsw&hd=1

Dismantling of the existing beams begins with Part 1, while lifting of the new track structures begins with Part 3.

Some pictures of the new monorail structure:
Souce: http://okiraku-goraku.com/

The Tenkūbashi end of the switchout. The old monorail structure just peeks in from the right.



Most of the beam sections are fairly short, but the span on this one is longer because the area directly beneath is occupied by a road intersecting at an acute angle.



The new monorail International Terminal station looks largely finished.



The return journey, this time at the opposite track switchout on the Shin-Seibijō end.



Below, you can see the old columns that supported the older structure.



New station.



The old structure will now be dismantled.

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