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Old November 29th, 2010, 07:47 AM   #1961
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FY2009 ridership numbers, major Tōkyō area operators: Part 2

Continuing what I did last year, here are FY2009 station entries at JR East's 100 largest stations by ridership.
Source: JR East

Code:
                       Avg Daily FY08   FY08
Rank Station            Entries	 Rank  Entries  Change
  1  Shinjuku           748,522   --   766,020  -2.3%
  2  Ikebukuro          548,249   --   563,412  -2.7%
  3  Shibuya            412,241   --   426,317  -3.3%
  4  Yokohama           399,633   --   402,193  -0.6%
  5  Tōkyō              384,024   --   394,135  -2.6%
  6  Shinagawa          321,739   --   328,439  -2.0%
  7  Shimbashi          248,048   --   251,021  -1.2%
  8  Ōmiya              236,424   --   239,720  -1.4%
  9  Akihabara          224,608   --   224,084   0.2%
 10  Takadanobaba       204,527   --   206,890  -1.1%
 11  Kita-Senju         193,976   --   194,724  -0.4%
 12  Kawasaki           187,147   --   186,485   0.4%
 13  Ueno               178,413   --   181,244  -1.6%
 14  Yūrakuchō          166,252   --   169,361  -1.8%
 15  Tachikawa          158,068   16   158,123   0.0%
 16  Hamamatsuchō       155,145   15   158,700  -2.2%
 17  Tamachi            153,982   --   154,124  -0.1%
 18  Kichijōji          141,314   --   143,178  -1.3%
 19  Funabashi          135,560   --   136,365  -0.6%
 20  Kamata             133,758   --   135,701  -1.4%
 21  Ebisu              132,968   --   134,616  -1.2%
 22  Gotanda            132,176   --   134,512  -1.7%
 23  Nishi-Funabashi    125,114   --   125,785  -0.5%
 24  Ōsaki              124,577   26   123,918   0.5%
 25  Nakano             124,494   24   124,645  -0.1%
 26  Kashiwa            121,803   25   124,311  -2.0%
 27  Machida            107,799   --   108,214  -0.4%
 28  Chiba              106,434   29   107,122  -0.6%
 29  Kokubunji          106,315   28   107,847  -1.4%
 30  Totsuka            105,491   --   106,301  -0.8%
 31  Meguro             104,923   --   106,132  -1.1%
 32  Kanda              103,605   --   105,753  -2.0%
 33  Ochanomizu         103,011   --   104,632  -1.5%
 34  Fujisawa           102,240   35   102,629  -0.4%
 35  Tsudanuma          101,870   34   103,453  -1.5%
 36  Matsudo            100,591   --   102,062  -1.4%
 37  Kinshichō           98,986   --    99,890  -0.9%
 38  Nippori             94,429   43    90,637   4.2%
 39  Ōimachi             94,209   --    93,664   0.6%
 40  Nishi-Nippori       93,939   38    94,227  -0.3%
 41  Ōfuna               93,343   --    92,839   0.5%
 42  Ōmori               92,427   40    93,057  -0.7%
 43  Yotsuya             90,956   42    92,034  -1.2%
 44  Iidabashi           90,153   --    90,405  -0.3%
 45  Mitaka              89,671   --    90,335  -0.7%
 46  Akabane             88,085   --    88,351  -0.3%
 47  Suidōbashi          87,458   --    88,258  -0.9%
 48  Ogikubo             85,323   --    86,838  -1.7%
 49  Hachiōji            80,273   --    82,395  -2.6%
 50  Kawaguchi           79,457   --    80,152  -0.9%
 51  Urawa               79,376   --    79,791  -0.5%
 52  Sugamo              77,519   53    77,958  -0.6%
 53  Sendai              77,146   52    78,839  -2.1%
 54  Tsurumi             76,850   --    77,851  -1.3%
 55  Musashi Kosugi      76,831   --    77,193  -0.5%
 56  Harajuku            75,581   --    74,524   1.4%
 57  Musashi Mizonokuchi 74,179   58    73,315   1.2%
 58  Noborito            73,383   59    72,781   0.8%
 59  Okachimachi         71,934   57    74,094  -2.9%
 60  Shin-Koiwa          71,185   --    72,066  -1.2% 
 61  Yoyogi              70,269   --    71,660  -1.9%
 62  Maihama             66,502   --    68,768  -3.3%
 63  Shin-Kiba           65,813   --    65,432   0.6%
 64  Minami-Koshigaya    65,382   65    64,636   1.2%
 65  Koiwa               63,730   64    64,711  -1.5%
 66  Kita-Asaka          61,912   68    60,855   1.7%
 67  Musashi Sakai       61,670   --    61,297   0.6%
 68  Ōji                 61,481   66    61,912  -0.7%
 69  Sakuragichō         60,467   70    60,440   0.0%
 70  Hiratsuka           60,264   69    60,677  -0.7%
 71  Ichigaya            59,680   --    60,301  -1.0%
 72  Hashimoto           59,049   73    59,081  -0.1% 
 73  Ichikawa            58,853   74    58,723   0.2%
 74  Warabi              58,688   72    59,662  -1.6%
 75  Moto-Yawata         58,066   --    58,190  -0.2%
 76  Higashi-Totsuka     57,818   --    57,523   0.5%
 77  Minami-Urawa        57,246   --    57,468  -0.4%
 78  Kannai              56,986   --    57,410  -0.7%
 79  Nagatsuta           56,018   80    56,066  -0.1%
 80  Kameido             55,949   79    56,323  -0.7%
 81  Musashi Koganei     55,742   82    55,413   0.6%
 82  Chigasaki           55,147   81    55,990  -1.5%
 83  Shin-Urayasu        54,724   --    55,087  -0.7%
 84  Shin-Yokohama       53,629   88    52,725   1.7%
 85  Asakusabashi        53,612   84    54,347  -1.4%
 86  Kunitachi           53,345   85    54,243  -1.7%
 87  Ōtsuka              53,295   86    53,890  -1.1%
 88  Kaihin Makuhari     53,022   87    52,795   0.4%
 89  Nishi-Kawaguchi     50,985   90    50,917   0.1%
 90  Inage               50,694   89    51,076  -0.7%
 91  Kita-Urawa          50,492   --    50,616  -0.2%
 92  Kikuna              49,742   --    49,566   0.4%
 93  Kōenji              49,079   --    49,353  -0.6%
 94  Komagome            46,525   --    46,777  -0.5%
 95  Tsujidō             45,557   --    45,666  -0.2%
 96  Musashi Urawa       45,327   97    44,115   2.7%
 97  Asagaya             44,303   96    44,699  -0.9%
 98  Kanamachi           43,592   --    43,703  -0.3%
 99  Tabata              43,030   --    42,683   0.8%
100  Nishi-Ogikubo       40,695   --    41,335  -1.5%
A few notes:
  • The top 3 (Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Shibuya) showed large drops, probably a result of shifts from the Seibu and Tōbu networks to the Fukutoshin Line. These passengers no longer need to transfer at Ikebukuro.
  • Hamamatsuchō dropped, probably because of the struggling economy and less air travel.
  • Ōsaki jumped up two spots, probably due to the ongoing redevelopment into a new employment subcenter.
  • Nippori jumped up five spots, probably due to increased ridership on the Nippori-Toneri Liner.
  • Shin-Yokohama jumped up four spots. Perhaps as Minato Mirai and other parts of Yokohama continue to be built out, more and more business travelers are using this station.
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Old November 29th, 2010, 07:52 AM   #1962
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FY2009 ridership numbers, major Tōkyō area operators: Part 3

FY2009 station entries at Tōkyō Metro's 50 largest stations by ridership.
Source: Tōkyō Metro

Regular stations:

Code:
                            Avg Daily
Rk  Line  Station       Entries+Exits %Ch.
 1  MYF   Ikebukuro          482,723  -4.5
 2  C     Kita-Senju         299,196  -2.5
 3  MTCZ  Ōtemachi           280,381  -4.3
 4  GMH   Ginza              256,452  -4.0
 5  G     Shibuya            223,307  -5.9
 6  M     Shinjuku           219,606  -5.4
 7  G     Shinbashi          217,641  -1.4
 8  GH    Ueno               207,635  -2.8
 9  T     Takadanobaba       185,153  -1.4
10  GT    Nihonbashi         174,693  -1.9
11  TYN   Iidabashi          167,499  -0.6
12  C     Nishi-Nippori      157,582  -0.5
13  M     Tōkyō              155,326  -0.4
14  Y     Yūrakuchō          149,832  -1.5
15  GCZ   Omotesandō         148,428  -2.1
16  TZ    Kudanshita         148,086  -1.2
17  Y     Toyosu             131,069   6.7
18  MHC   Kasumigaseki       130,045   0.0
19  GMCN  Kokkai Gijidō-mae  128,530  -3.0
            Tameike - Sannō
20  YN    Ichigaya           127,542  -0.4
21  T     Tōyōchō            125,823  -1.6
22  H     Akihabara          122,788  -3.6
23  HT    Kayabachō          121,154  -4.3
24  H     Roppongi           120,044  -4.2
25  GZ    Mitsukoshimae      117,456  -2.9
26  H     Hatchōbori         105,192  -3.6
27  T     Monzen Nakachō     104,586  -1.9
28  GM    Akasaka Mitsuke    103,238  -4.6
29  G     Toranomon          102,755  -3.5
30  MN    Yotsuya            102,005  -1.5
31  GZ    Aoyama Itchōme     101,080  -2.2
32  H     Ebisu              100,621  -3.3
33  T     Nishi-Kasai         97,400  -1.7
34  MF    Shinjuku Sanchōme   96,951   4.8
35  HC    Hibiya              96,864  -1.8
36  T     Kasai               96,508  -0.6
37  Y     Shin-Kiba           95,799  -0.1
38  C     Shin-Ochanomizu     93,042  -2.3
39  MN    Kōrakuen            92,546   2.0
40  Z     Jinbōchō            92,135  -0.1
41  G     Asakusa             90,726  -1.3
42  H     Kamiyachō           86,189  -3.4
43  Z     Kinshichō           81,494   0.2
44  C     Akasaka             81,334   1.2
45  H     Ningyōchō           80,499  -2.4
46  Z     Hanzōmon            76,269  -2.3
47  H     Higashi-Ginza       75,847  -3.0
48  CF    Meiji Jingū-mae     75,434   2.7
            (Harajuku)
49  G     Gaien-mae           75,284   0.8
50  T     Urayasu             74,568  -1.8
Through-service junction stations or stations shared with other operators:

Code:
                        Avg Daily
Line  Station       Entries+Exits %Ch.
ZF    Shibuya            577,915   3.7
C     Ayase              450,965  -2.1
H     Kita-Senju         296,938  -2.5
T     Nishi-Funabashi    275,515  -0.9
C     Yoyogi Uehara      228,994   1.6
H     Naka-Meguro        190,826  -0.4
Y     Wakō-shi           152,130  11.0
T     Nakano             135,704  -0.2
YF    Kotake-Mukaihara   126,867   8.2 
Z     Oshiage            115,203   3.9
N     Meguro              92,666   2.6
N     Akabane-Iwabuchi    71,685   0.8
N     Shirokane-Takanawa  38,088   0.9
N     Shirokanedai        15,372   1.3
Down across the board, but Toyosu is the bright spot due to all the redevelopment.
In terms of junction stations, Shibuya, Wakō-shi, and Kotake-Mukaihara all saw increases as a result of the Fukutoshin Line.
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Tōkyō Metro tries out iPads for passenger assistance
http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/2010/p...ws20101125.pdf

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At Tōkyō Metro (HQ: Taitō Ward, Tōkyō; President: Umezaki Hisashi), starting Wednesday, December 1, 2010 we will introduce iPads on a trial basis at Ginza Station and Omotesandō Station for use by Service Managers when assisting passengers with information and directional guidance needs.

Currently, Tōkyō Metro’s Service Managers provide customers with railway-related information and information about areas surrounding stations using paper-based resources stored in file. With the introduction of the iPad units, it is now possible to zoom in and display digitalized versions of these resources on an iPad screen, and using the wireless LAN inside train stations, use map information and other data on the Internet to provide assistance to passengers. As a result, we will now be able to provide more intelligent and more comprehensive guidance for passengers.

In addition, our Foreign Language Translation Service, implemented since August of this year, will also make use of iPad units. In these cases, the customer, the Service Manager, and the translation service operator can simultaneously hold a conversation, streamlining out translation service even further.

The iPad trial program will last until the end of the fiscal year, after which we will consider expansion of the program in the future. At Tōkyō Metro, we will strive for further improvements to customer service into the future.

About Service Managers
Service Managers are a guidance service provided by Tōkyō Metro, and were first introduced in April 2004 as a means of ensuring a comfortable travel experience for elderly passengers and passengers unfamiliar with the subway.

Service Managers are deployed during the midday period (10:00 to 17:00) at 14 high-ridership stations (primarily in the vicinity of faregates and ticketing halls), providing information and guidance to passengers while moving through the stations.



About Tōkyō Metro’s Foreign Language Translation Service
With the forecasted increase in foreign passengers in the future and the need to ensure adequate communication with passengers despite language barriers, Tōkyō Metro introduced a foreign language translation service on August 9 of this year that allows Tōkyō Metro employees to connect over telephone with a call center at a translation service company and have an operator assist in translation (implemented at station offices, commuter pass ticketing locations, travel information centers, and lost-and-found locations, and with Service Managers). As a result, assisting passengers from overseas with station facilities and directions on transferring trains, as well as responding to lost-and-found requests, has been streamlined.

The service is provided in English, Chinese, and Korean, and is available from 9:00 to 22:00.
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JR Nara Station photos

Some photos following the completion of the east-west public passage on 2010.10.03. Taken 2010.11.
Source: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/so-long7/



(New) direct connection to the station plaza. During construction, passengers needed to use a temporary passage to access the second-floor concourse level.



Now that the station building is complete, they can get to work on creating the station plaza outside.



Concourse level from the East Exit.





West Exit station plaza



Silk Road Town 21, the name for the redevelopment project surrounding Nara Station.



East-west public passage on the first level.



Ekinaka (station retail) is at the left, "Vierra Nara."



A little quiet, but hopefully things will pick up.

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Thanx for reminding me-- I'll be in Kyoto & Nara for sure this weekend... I'm going to do my best to get to Osaka Friday after work-- I want to see the new Osaka Station stuff up close... Got a Kintetsu 3day open ticket... All-U-Can-Ride for 3 days for ¥4000. I'll try to get a shot of the Kyoto Station hotel they're building if I can, as well as some Nara Station stuff if I have time. Any requests?
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Kansai has a lot of variety to offer for railfans, so it's really hard to choose. Of course, it would be nice to see stuff that doesn't really get much coverage, like the Randen, the Keihan lines near Ōtsu, etc., but any photos you can provide would be great, even if they're not really of construction or new projects.
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Have there been any expansions proposed for either the Toei Toden or the Hankai Tramway?
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Thanx for reminding me-- I'll be in Kyoto & Nara for sure this weekend... I'm going to do my best to get to Osaka Friday after work-- I want to see the new Osaka Station stuff up close... Got a Kintetsu 3day open ticket... All-U-Can-Ride for 3 days for ¥4000. I'll try to get a shot of the Kyoto Station hotel they're building if I can, as well as some Nara Station stuff if I have time. Any requests?
maybe some pix of the underground Kintetsu station in Nara
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While we're on discussion of rail in the Kansai region (and slightly off topic), can someone find a nice looking map of the JR West network with the individual lines properly defined? There doesn't seem to be a neat map for JR West in the same way that one exists for JR East. The ones I come across all have the Osaka Loop Line marked without showing where or how the other lines like the Yamatoji and Hanwa Lines run through the loop.
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this would be a GREAT map if I could find a bigger version of it...

found on google images
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Unfortunately I don't think that you can get that image in a larger scale, since it's just a preview of a map that is made by: http://www.zeroperzero.com/ which you can buy online (they have some really cool maps of several cities).

The best one that I have found of the rail systems in the metropolitan areas of Japan are made by FML which is a user here on SSC, and the best part of it is that they are free!!
Link to Osaka area map: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kzaral/3372201325/sizes/o/
His homepage with more maps: http://www.mukiryoku.com/railmap_e.html
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While we're on discussion of rail in the Kansai region (and slightly off topic), can someone find a nice looking map of the JR West network with the individual lines properly defined?
JR West produces a pretty decent map (Japanese only):
http://www.jr-odekake.net/eki/pdf/ubn.pdf

In typical fashion, of course, it's only JR lines, but it does a pretty good job of showing through-servicing and shin-kaisoku vs. everything else.
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The maps in the back of Japan's map books like Mapple and RDX are really nice. But they're Japanese only... If I get some time, one day I'll scan it in and translate somehow.

You can find some decent ones if you type in "Osaka rosenzu" into google... In Kanji, that's 大阪路線図 meaning Osaka rail route map.

Here's a good one here-- http://www.meik.jp/2rosenzu/02_osaka-rosenzu.html
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Tōkyō Metro 05 series in Jakarta

I had neglected to post this earlier, but 05 series trains, formerly on the Tōzai Line, have already made it down south to Jakarta, Indonesia, where they will be spending their second lives. As new 15000 series sets enter service, the surplus 05 series will be taken out of service. Apparently, a total of 5 sets (50 cars) will make it over to Indonesia.

At the Port of Kawasaki (I believe). Upload date says 2010.11.25.
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More pictures at ebifly's photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebifly/

One picture of a 05 series in service in Jakarta:
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/seri8039/e/719...c7832a9e665d32

If you're curious about the 7000 series that also made the switch over, there's lots of pics here:
http://www.2427junction.com/idnreport7k.html
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Tsukuba Express platform extension work begins

Another item I've been neglecting to post...

They have begun work on platform extensions along the Tsukuba Express to accomodate eight-car trains. Currently, trains are six cars long, but the stations were all designed for easy conversion to eight-car trains. They had already done some work at Akihabara Station, but now it appears they also began work at Misato Chūō Station as well.

A few pics:
Source: http://tx-style.net/

North end (closer to Tsukuba). It appears that only this end of the station will be extended.
The site closest to us is for a future condo project.



Platform extension work (left) and condo project (right).



From the other side of the aerial structure. They will be extending by about 40 m.



The construction notice on-site says that groundbreaking was on June 24, and that construction will last until March 31, 2011.



Maybe we will soon see 8-car trains on the TX...
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Keisei Oshiage Line construction updates

Updates on the elevation work (2010.11.15):
Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/

Between Yahiro and Keisei Hikifune. The former inbound track here has now been removed.



They've also now placed the wooden slats on the lower half of the temporary inbound track here. They've driven some sheet piles down into the ground and should begin construction of the aerial structure now.



Coming back down to ground level, more wooden slats on the temporary inbound track and some protective fencing on the left.



They were late in erecting the fencing near Hikifune Station, but it is now installed.
Judging by the color of the wood, it looks like this was recently laid. This will help provide access all along the site for tire-supported construction vehicles.



More progress being made just west of the station where the outbound track is supposed to be switched out with temporary track on the far right. Looks like it cuts right through all the grade crossing equipment, so they will probably remove it on the night of the switchout.



More sheet piles separating the existing outbound track and the temporary outbound track, which is at a higher elevation. The track looks mostly finished on this section.





At the other end of the overpass above the Tōbu Kameido Line. I was curious how this was going to work since it looked really tight at first due to the way the Isesaki Line curves in, but right now, seems like they'll be able to manage alright. The track segment is resting on some wood blocks and they have yet to work on the trackbed, so it may be a little while longer before the switchout.

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Kunitachi Station construction updates: Part 1

Inbound platform at Kunitachi Station was recently elevated with the completion of the continuous grade-separation for the JR Chūō Line between Mitaka and Tachikawa. Some pics of the new facilities, as well as the remaining work to be done (2010.11.15):
Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/

From the new elevated inbound platform, the west end looking towards Tachikawa. The final configuration of this station is three tracks (one island + one side platform), but due to ROW constraints, they are temporarily using the center track as the inbound track. The third track will come in on the right once they have cleared the ground-level infrastructure. In the distance, the inbound track shifts out, with another turnout downstream swinging back in to serve as the center track. Not sure why the turnout needs to be that far out... May have to do with freight train length (?), or perhaps it has to do with the ramp for construction vehicles at right, which leads down to street level.



Looking at the east end of the station (towards Nishi-Kokubunji) from the outbound platform.
They are building the remaining sections of the aerial structure and the third track on the other side of the protective fencing. According to the planned track layout, the center track is supposed to allow for through-service trains onto the Musashino Line without obstructing trains on either track of the Chūō Line, so I believe the crossover here may only be temporary.



Looking at the inbound platform from the outbound platform. Only half of the inbound platform is in service, while they work on the other half behind the walls.



The new stairwell and escalator are placed closer to the east end of the platform. Based on the placement of the canopy column stupports and the directional signage, we can deduce that this escalator and stairwell will probably be in the center of the platform once both sides are open.



The station name sign has a temporary sticker over the Tachikawa arrow, an interesting hint... Right now, this platform is only used for inbound trains, but with the opening of the other "half" of the inbound platform, it seems that the center track may also be used for outbound trains departing the station, or perhaps Musashino Line through-service trains (?).



Elevator is up and running, although you can't see the left half yet.



The Tachikawa end of the platform has a temporary stairwell. Probably because of lack of space, they needed to do a temporary solution, but will eventually replace this with a permanent installation.

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Kunitachi Station construction updates: Part 2

Part 2:
Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/

Concourse level is a construction zone for the time being... Just the minimum to allow people to access the platform level.



Platform and stairwell to the inbound platform. Work is proceeding behind these temporary walls.



All the signage is marked for Platform 2. When Platform 3 opens, they will probably just use stickers or seals to modify the signage.



Temporary passage leading to the temporary stairwell on the inbound platform. The walls of the passage are folding-panel type gates, so they probably do construction in this area during the evening.



Looking at the aerial structure from the temporary passage.



Stairwell up to the existing ground-level inbound platform, soon to be demolished.

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Musashi Koganei Station construction updates

Another under-construction station on the Chūō Line. Tracks are all elevated, but they are still working away at the new station building (2010.11.15).
Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/

A look at the exterior, where protective fencing has been erected just outside the inbound platform as they work to construct the second inbound track. Directly beneath them is the temporary ground-level infrastructure.



Erecting the columns and beams for the remaining sections of the aerial structure / station. The aerial structures adjacent to the station use reinforced concrete columns and beams, but the station sections appear to be using steel members. They've quickly removed the ground-level facilities and are using the space as staging area and materials storage.



On the west side of the station, where they've already built much of the aerial structure for the fourth track, but the parts near the station appear to be lagging, resulting in this big gap. I have no idea why they needed to finish this segment of the aerial structure so quickly... Perhaps they need the space to work on the sections near the station and the possible second ramp from the car yard (?).



Scaffolding... Wonder if this just for installing the soundwall and other other work for the fourth track, or whether there will actually be a second ramp from the car yard.



Seems that if there is going to be a second ramp, it's either going to go here or at the big gap, which looks really, really tight. Further down, the soundwalls are already finished, so it's probably not there.



Further west at ground level... The curious kink in the inbound-side soundwall is due to the track connection to the car yard, which needs to snake underneath the aerial structure at this point. The second ramp, if they intend to build it, would need to go straight at ground level and parallel the aerial structure as it climbs up, sliding in before reaching the station.

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Odakyū Line undergrounding update

Some pics of the construction between Yoyogi Uehara and Higashi-Kitazawa (2010.11.19):
Source: http://okiraku-goraku.com/

Easy to see from this picture how the sidings have been shifted out in order to make room for the underground construction, as the through-service JR train waiting in the middle has a large "kink" in the middle.



Kink in the sidings is at right. The outbound track also used to curve a bit but has since been switched out with this (comparatively) straight section. Eventually, the sidings will also be straightened out and returned to the original alignment.



Passing by the portal to the new outbound tunnel, to the left. To the right of us, workers are removing the previous outbound track. There will be four portals, one each for the four tracks on this section: two local tracks will descend to one level belowground, and two express tracks will descend to two levels belowground.





Approaching Higashi-Kitazawa, we're surrounding be fencing on both sides.



The outbound track that previously swung in from the right is gone.

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