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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:14 PM   #1441
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Platform door installations begin on Toei Subway Ōedo Line

This one slipped under the radar, but the long-talked-about platform door installation work on the Ōedo Line finally commenced on May 13.

There wasn’t much fanfare about it, so just a couple pictures to show that work has indeed begun, at least at Kiyosumi – Shirakawa Station:
Source: http://blog.livedoor.jp/ouensitemasu/

On this section, they’ve already drilled the holes for planting down the doors, but have placed some covers on top.



Drill marks.

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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:14 PM   #1442
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Tōkyō vice-governor pushes for Toei Subway / Tōkyō Metro merger
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/to...802000047.html

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On June 17, Tōkyō Metropolis vice governor Inose Naoki, who has expressed his wish to unify the Toei Subway and Tōkyō Metro, visited Kudanshita Station, where the platforms for the Toei Shinjuku Line and Tōkyō Metro Hanzōmon Line are separated by a single wall, and the former platforms at Shimbashi Station on the Ginza Subway Line, which entered into disuse in the merger before World War II. “A merger would improve convenience,” remarked Inose.

Kudanshita Station
Four levels underground, the four platforms serving both directions of the Shinjuku Line and Hanzōmon Line are designed parallel to each other. The Shinjuku-bound platform of the Shinjuku Line and Oshiage-bound platform of the Hanzōmon Line share a single 100 m wide island platform separated by a 50 cm thick wall. Four emergency exits are located along the wall, and opening the doors, one can see the platform for the other line.

If there were no wall, passengers could smoothly transfer between trains, but currently, they must instead climb up to the third floor, pass through the faregates, and then head back down. It takes two minutes to transfer. After climbing up and down himself, Vice-Governor Inose remarked, “If the two systems merge, the extra time required to transfer would disappear.”

In response to a question from a reporter who asked whether or not it was possible to first consolidate the service side, including fare structures and faregates, Inose explained, “I am aiming to realize this merger, and that is definitely one of the things I am looking at.”

The Toei Subway and Tōkyō Metro only share faregates at Shirokane – Takanawa Station. In an interview, spokespersons for the Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation’s Planning Coordination Section were less than enthusiastic about prioritizing a service-side merger, saying, “If we make other stations shared as well, calculating fares will become technologically difficult.”

Shimbashi Station
In the early years of the Shōwa Era, the Ginza Line (Tōkyō Metro) was operated by two different companies, with one operating between Asakusa and Shimbashi and the other operating between Shimbashi and Shibuya. As a result, there were two Shimbashi Stations, later consolidated to one when direct service began in 1939. The old platforms currently remain, no longer used for boarding or alighting.

Vice-Governor Inose, who came to visit the old platforms, addressed reporters, explaining, “This is an important place, being the first example of subway consolidation.” He also emphasized that unifying the two subway systems is possible, and a critical issue to ensure passenger convenience.
Tōkyō MX news report (2010.06.17):

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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:16 PM   #1443
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Tōkyō vice-governor urges merger at Tōkyō Metro shareholders’ meeting
http://www.asahi.com/business/update...006290400.html

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On June 29, Tōkyō Metropolis vice-governor Inose Naoki, who is pushing to consolidate management of the Tōkyō Metro and Toei Subway, made an appearance at Tōkyō Metro’s General Shareholders’ Meeting, and together with the National Government and Tōkyō Metropolitan Government, which each hold approximately half of Tōkyō Metro’s shares, proposed establishment of a committee body to regularly discuss a merger or unification of services. The Tōkyō Metropolitan Government will now make a formal request to the National Government.

According to the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government, Tōkyō Metro president Umezaki Hisashi was quoted as saying at the General Shareholders’ Meeting, “I would be interested in participating if such a forum for discussion were established.”

With the Tōkyō Subway Corporation Act in 2002, Tōkyō Metro became privatized. The law calls for the National Government and Tōkyō Metropolitan Government to sell their shares as quickly as possible, but a merger with the Toei Subway would be difficult after going public and becoming a purely privatized company. As a result, the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government, eager to improve service and business efficiencies through a merger, has been devising a counterstrategy.

In regards to the establishment of a committee body, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said it would be “eager to consider any formal proposal that comes in.”
NNN news feature on the possible merger (2010.06.29):

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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:17 PM   #1444
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Ex-Metro 7000 series in Jakarta

Some photos of the ex-Tōkyō Metro 7000 series trains now in Indonesia. These were former Yūrakuchō Line subway trains now with a second life on the KRL Jabotabek in Jakarta.

First, a set from Bukit Duri Yard:
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/seri8039/]

Train 7122F, still in Yūrakuchō Line colors.





Train 7121F being repainted.




Another set from Flickr user ジャボデタベック_電車:

Some Japanese and Indonesian railfans posing in front of one of the units, holding one of the Tōkyō Metro system maps typically found inside the train:

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Being transported…

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Doing testing…

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On the right is an ex-Toei Subway 6000 series train from the Mita Line.

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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:18 PM   #1445
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Kuala Lumpur to receive ex-Tōkyō Metro trains
http://www.mmail.com.my/content/3826...bway-trains-kl

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PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur railway service will get a much-needed boost in the form of 228 used Tokyo Metro of Japan car sets — free of charge.

The gift is the culmination of efforts by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat who had just concluded discussions with Tokyo Metro to secure the 38x6 used car sets, which are in good operational condition, and have a lifespan of no less than 20 years.

It was learnt that the cars , which still have an average of 20 good years left for local use, would be delivered by 2012.

The sets had been used by Tokyo Metro in their subway lines (tubes), and some modifications may be carried out to allow the cars to be used in Malaysia.

Tokyo Metro operates a network of nine subway lines in the heart of Tokyo, with its network forming a tight mesh throughout the three central wards of Chiyoda, Chuo and Minato; and the surrounding Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro and Ueno areas.

Upon delivery, the sets are expected to ease the pressure off the local rail system persistently bogged down by a range of issues that had affected the service's reliability.

In an interview with The Malay Mail recently, KTMB president Dr Aminuddin Adnan had admitted that reliability was an issue, forcing KTMB to take several measures to improve the capacity and reliability of train services.

It had set itself a deadline of two years to give commuters the best service possible at its optimum capacity level in line with the National Key Result Area (NKRA) target for urban public transport to improve the network.

Dr Aminuddin had said KTMB was working on completely overhauling its trains as well as the wiring systems and other services to improve current services.

KTMB are also working on refurbishing 15 old electric multiple unit (EMU) trains, which it aims to put back into service in stages by March next year. Once completed, the number of trains available will be increased from 28 trains to 43 by next year.

The EMUs have been plagued with problems caused by the closure of the two companies that supplied the trains.This had made it difficult to find spare-parts for the trains.

Dr Aminuddin had also said that KTMB had ordered 38 six car-trains at a cost of RM2 billion, which are expected to arrive in mid-2012.

With the increase in number of trains available, KTMB hopes to accomplish a passenger waiting time of between 10 and 20 minutes.
Perhaps these are the earlier Tōkyō Metro 05 series for the Tōzai Line which are already being replaced as the new 15000 series trains come online. However, Tōkyō Metro has said they are only producing 130 cars of the new 15000 series, so if this order is for 228 cars, then the remainder has to come from somewhere else, perhaps 6000 series trains that will become surplus when the new 16000 series trains for the Chiyoda Line enter service.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:19 PM   #1446
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Office, residential development boom in Kōtō Ward creates new issues for Tōzai Line
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/...390134818.html

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In Kōtō Ward, Tōkyō, where new condominiums and offices are debuting on the market one after another, crowding on the subways during the morning rush hour is becoming a social concern, and Kōtō Ward has begun campaigns to ask new companies moving in along rail lines through the Ward to adjust employee schedules to help cope. Joint efforts by the public and private sectors are becoming more and more common, with big-name bank Resona Holdings, which relocated its headquarters to Kōtō Ward's Kiba district in May, set to introduce flextime. In an area experiencing an explosion in working population, it's an "all hands on deck" strategy.

The sites of former large-scale factories in Kōtō Ward are now being replaced one after another by condominiums and other buildings, with population increasing annually by 10,000. While the news spells a boon in tax revenues, the Ward is struggling with keeping its infrastructure investments on pace with the growth.

In April 2008, Resona, saddled with massive amounts of public funding, decided to sell its old headquarters building in Tōkyō's Ōtemachi district and relocate to Kōtō Ward's Kiba district as part of its restructuring process. The number of bank employees commuting to the new headquarters is 2,000.

This is the first time a major bank has located its headquarters on the other side of the Sumida River. And while some Kōtō Ward locals are welcoming the move with open arms in hopes of bringing new life to the area, the problem that has now surfaced is what to do with Kiba Station on the Tōkyō Metro Tōzai Line, the closest station to the new headquarters.

Starting ten years ago, retail facilities and office buildings have been constructed one after another in Kiba's redevelopment area, and 12,000 employees now work in the area. Average daily entries and exits at Kiba Station topped 70,000 in FY2008. The section of the Tōzai Line between Kiba and Monzen — Nakachō has the highest crowding in the entire Tōkyō Metro network, and during the rush hour, it's extremely difficult to reach the station exits.

After receiving requests from Ward officials, Resona will institute a "flextime" flexible work schedule program. Bank employees using Kiba Station will disperse and avoid the rush hour, arriving at work during the 7:00 or 9:00 hours instead. Approximately half of the bank's employees at the headquarters are arriving during the 7:00 hour—mostly those employees who need to be in contact with branch offices, which open at 9:00 am.

Similar efforts are being undertaken at nearby stations. In March 2012 in Kōtō Ward's Tōyō district near Tōyōchō Station on the Tōzai Line, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company will complete a new eleven-story tower with 96,000 sq m of gross floor area. The building is expected to serve a working population of 5,500 employees, which some fear could lead to severe impacts to the commute rush, and the company has taken the first steps towards encouraging flextime.
Window view from a Tōkyō Metro Tōzai Line rapid train, from Nishi-Funabashi to Urayasu.
The train skips Baraki – Nakayama, Myōden, Gyōtoku, and Minami-Gyōtoku.


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New transfer corridor between Shinjuku and Shinjuku Sanchōme

I originally posted about this here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1300

Now some pictures:
Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/

Exit E10 of Shinjuku Sanchōme Station and the corridor extending from Exit E9 were the parts that recently opened. Exit E10 connects with the South Exit and Southeast Exit of JR Shinjuku Station.



This map is actually “upside down” since north is facing down, but you get an idea of the new corridor, in red.



This one reminds me a little of the corridors on the Minato Mirai Line—all white, super clean, with some “futuristic” touches.





I have to say they really butchered the translation here… I can’t imagine how this made it through without being corrected... *shakes head*



And now, we’re at the South Exit plaza of JR Shinjuku Station.

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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:20 PM   #1448
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Platform door installations on the Yūrakuchō Line

Just some updates on the construction to install platform doors on four stations on the Yūrakuchō Line (Chikatetsu Narimasu, Chikatetsu Akatsuka, Heiwaidai, and Hikawadai). The original Tōkyō Metro press release on this project is here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1198

They’ve pretty much completed all of the installation according to the schedule in the press release, but the doors won’t start operating until mid-August.

A press tour of platform doors installation work at Hikawadai Station (2010.05.24):
Source: http://rail.hobidas.com/blog/natori/

Hikawadai Station Platform 1 (for Shin-Kiba).



For the press tour, they had two channels with the doors already installed, but they weren’t actually moving on their own.





The construction staff moved them open and shut by hand.



Some shots of the happenings at Heiwadai Station (2010.06.21):
Source: http://jnr.blog.shinobi.jp/



At the northwest end of the platforms, closer to Wakō-shi, they’ve installed devices to help drivers to stop the trains at the proper location. Apparently, even a small overrun or underrun of a few centimeters was enough to prevent the computer from unlocking the doors.



The one on the right is the new device.

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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:22 PM   #1449
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First pictures of Chiyoda Line 16000 series

Some sneak-peek shots of the newest Tōkyō Metro series, the 16000 series for the Chiyoda Line. These were taken at Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ factory.
Source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/hyogo87872121

I am digging this one, and find this to be the best cab design among Tōkyō Metro’s 1x000 series trains. They seem to be going with unique headlight / taillight and cab designs for each new series.







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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:23 PM   #1450
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New Tōkyō Metro CMs and wallpaper

Two new CMs:
Yukata de Metro (Yukata on the Metro)
Art de Metro (Art via Metro)


Source: 2001nenotakara on YouTube

May 2010
Open Terrace at Farmer’s Café
Meiji Jingū-mae (Harajuku) Station (Chiyoda Line, Fukutoshin Line)



June 2010
Stone-Cobble Alley at Hyōgo Yokochō
Kagurazaka Station (Tōzai Line)



July 2010
Old-Time Candy Shop at Tsukudajima
Tsukishima Station (Yūrakuchō Line)

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Latest issues of Japan Railway & Transport Review (JRTR)

Vol. 54 (December 2009)
  • JR East’s Human Resource Development
  • Efforts in Human Resources Development at JR West
  • KORAIL Human Resources and Infrastructure System: Towards ‘World’s Best, Korean Railroad’
  • Work of Railroad Department at Woosong University, Korea
  • Keeping Pace with Changing Requirements for Human Capital at Malaysian Railways (KTMB)
  • A Short History on Training Railway Engineers in Meiji

Vol. 53 (September 2009)
  • The Story of Foreign Language Timetables in Japan
  • Thomas Cook Timetables—Covering the World
  • The Tale of One Thousand Timetable Issues
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”RAILWAYS” movie debuts

This movie follows a man who gives up his job and decides to follow his childhood dream of becoming a train operator at the age of 49. The movie opened May 29 and takes place on the Ichibata Electric Railway (nicknamed the “Bataden”) in Shimane Prefecture, but there are scenes on the Keiō Electric Railway in Tōkyō.

Trailer:


Source: shinsuke464939 on YouTube

Wrap ad train on the Bataden advertising the movie. In a bit of irony, these are actually ex-Keiō units, getting a leisurely second life in a small town / rural area after hard service on the commuter lines in Tōkyō.


Source: nimo5 on YouTube
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Old July 5th, 2010, 12:26 PM   #1453
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Rail maps using Google Maps API

SkyscraperCity user FML introduced this website a while ago, but I went back after a while and it seems the guy has added some new features.

Tōkyō Metro + Toei Subway
http://japonyol.net/editor/subway.html

Greater Tōkyō rail
For some reason, this has some of the non-subway lines, but not all of them... Still a very high-quality production, though.
http://japonyol.net/editor/ajax.html

Ōsaka Municipal Subway
http://japonyol.net/maps/subway-osaka.html
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Railway competition diagrams

Wikipedia user RailRider has made some fantastic maps that highlight the competition between railway companies in major corridors:
Source: RailRider on Wikipedia

Tōkyō area

Central Tōkyō – Ibaraki corridor:
JR Jōban Line (green) vs. Tsukuba Express (blue)



Central Tōkyō – Kawagoe corridor:
JR Saikyō Line (green) vs. Tōbu Tōjō Line (brown) vs. Seibu Shinjuku Line (blue)



Central Tōkyō – Western Tōkyō (Tachikawa, Hachiōji) corridor:
Seibu Shinjuku / Haijima Lines (blue) vs. JR Chūō / Ōme Line (green) vs. Keiō Keiō Line (pink)



Central Tōkyō – Shōnan (Yokohama / Fujisawa / Odawara) corridor:
Odakyū Odawara / Enoshima Line (light blue) vs. JR Shōnan-Shinjuku Line (green) vs. Tōkyū Tōyoko Line (red)



Nagoya area

Gifu – Nagoya – Toyohashi corridor:
JR Tōkaidō Main Line (orange) vs. Meitetsu Main Line (red)



Nagoya – Ise corridor:
JR Kansai Main Line (orange) vs. Kintetsu Nagoya Line (red)



Keihanshin area

Ōsaka – Kyōto corridor:
JR Kyōto Line (light blue) vs. Hankyū Kyōto Line (maroon) vs. Keihan Main Line (blue-green)



Ōsaka – Kōbe corridor:
Hankyū Kōbe Main Line (maroon) vs. JR Kōbe Main Line (light blue) vs. Hanshin Main Line (red)



Ōsaka – Takarazuka corridor:
Hankyū Takarazuka Main Line (maroon) vs. JR Takarazuka Line (light blue)



Ōsaka – Nara corridor:
Kintetsu Nara Line (maroon) vs. JR Yamatoji Line (light blue)



Ōsaka – Wakayama corridor:
Nankai Main Line (orange) vs. JR Hanwa Line (light blue)

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That's an impressive lot of updates, quashlo. What differences are there between the E233-5000 series and the E233-1000 series operating the Keihin-Tohoku Line? They look identical to me (other than the external stripe colour)!
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They are pretty much the same. There's some minor differences in technical specs (train composition, etc.).

I guess the most notable difference would be the use of mobile WiMAX technology to transmit / receive the information on the LCD screens above the doors.
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Thanks for the update, quashlo. It's always good to see this thread up on the top. It's nice to now see actual photos of the 16000 series. You can always count on Hitachi trains to be quite the lookers.
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Thanks for the amazing, massive update - too much to grasp at once, have to investigate some topics tomorrow.
Good to see the subway merger in Tokyo is getting some support.
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Japanese rail system always puzzles me.

Heres what I do understand:
Tokyo subway system are comprised of multiple private companies.

Are cities like Yokohama considered part of Tokyo metropolitan area?
Does JR company trains considered rapid transit? Because to me, it looks like a rapid transit vehicles but service is intercity.
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Japanese rail system always puzzles me.

Heres what I do understand:
Tokyo subway system are comprised of multiple private companies.

Are cities like Yokohama considered part of Tokyo metropolitan area?
Does JR company trains considered rapid transit? Because to me, it looks like a rapid transit vehicles but service is intercity.
No the Tokyo Subway system is comrpised of two semi-govermental companies, the Toei(Tokyo municipal government operated) and Tokyo Metro.
Multiple private owned commuter(rapid transit) rails are literary connected with the subway system and operates on a through-system where they share rolling stock and rail where the drivers changes at the interconnecting stations.

Yokohama is within another prefecture next to Tokyo divided by Tama river.

The definition of rapid transit and intercity is blurred since some JR lines used daily as rapid transit commuters extends to as far as 250Km like the Tokaido line. Some people uses the Shinkansen from Shin-Yokohama to Tokyo daily as well.

In the simplest of terms people used whatever fits them most conveniently and are not bogged down by artificial definitions.
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