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Old February 27th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #681
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Maglev testing this month:

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Old March 15th, 2014, 07:17 AM   #682
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JR Central begins approvals process for deep underground construction for Chūō Shinkansen maglev
中央新幹線、大深度法の手続き始まる

http://response.jp/article/2014/03/14/219209.html

On 2014.03.14, JR Central announced that it will begin the necessary pre-project coordination to build the deep underground (大深度地下) sections of the first phase of the Chūō Shinkansen maglev between Tōkyō and Nagoya, in accordance with the Act on Special Measures Concerning Public Use of the Deep Underground (大深度地下の公共的使用に関する特別措置法), otherwise known as the “Deep Underground Law” (大深度法).

As a matter of principle, property rights extend underground and into the air, but the Deep Underground Law enacted in 2001 eliminates the need to compensate property owners when going deep underground (40 m or deeper) for public use. In order to take advantage of the law, JR Central must obtain approval in the relevant localities to use the desire sections of deep underground for the proposed maglev line.

The pre-project coordination (事前の事業間調整) is part of the process for preparing an application to receive approvals under the Deep Underground Law. In accordance with the process, JR Central filed a project description with the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on 2014.03.14, and a notice will be published in the official government gazette on 2014.03.17. The document will then be available for viewing for a 30-day period at JR Central’s Environmental Safety Office and facilities administered by the relevant local governments.

According to the project description, the deep underground sections in question would encompass about 35 km within the Greater Tōkyō (首都圏) area and 20 km within the Greater Nagoya (中部) area. Specifically, the deep underground section in Tōkyō would stretch from near the Shin-Yatsuyama Bridge (新八ツ山橋) in Kita-Shinagawa 3-chōme, Shinagawa Ward (品川区北品川3丁目) to a location near Chōsen-ji temple (長泉寺) in Oyamamachi, Machida City (町田市小山 町). In the Nagoya area, the deep underground section would stretch from the intersection of National Route 19 (国道19号) and the Nishihora River (西洞川) in Akechichō, Kasugai City, Aichi Prefecture (愛知県春日井市明知町) to near Keiunbashi bridge (景雲橋) in Marunouchi 1-chōme, Naka Ward, Nagoya City (名古屋市中区丸の 内1丁目). The depth of the maglev tunnels in both stretches would range from 40 m to 100 m.

JR Central will now conduct the necessary soil surveys and negotiations with stakeholder agencies in preparation to file an application under the Deep Underground Law. The railway is expected to file an application after approval of the maglev’s construction plan in accordance with the National Shinkansen Railway Development Act (全国新幹線鉄道整備法).

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Old March 19th, 2014, 08:47 PM   #683
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JR Central to begin public maglev test rides in November
時速500キロ体験、リニア一般向け試乗会 JR東海が11~12月に

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNAS...10C14A3CR8000/

At a press conference on 2014.03.19, JR Central president Yamada Yoshiomi announced that the railway would restart public test rides on the Yamanashi maglev test track in November / December of this year. Members of the public will be able to board the new L0 series and experience a 500 km/h test ride on the 43 km test track before the line officially opens for revenue service in 2027. The cost is expected to be about ¥2,500 per person.

Passengers will board from the Maglev Test Center (リニア実験センター) in Tsuru City, Yamanashi Prefecture. The test rides will be operated in between running tests for several days in each month, with about 2 to 3 trips per day. As 5 of the 7 cars will be carrying testing equipment, each trip will only be open to about 100 passengers, to be selected by lottery. The railway also plans to offer rides for students next spring.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 03:18 PM   #684
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Old March 27th, 2014, 06:04 AM   #685
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EDITORIAL: JR Tokai fails to tackle environment concerns over maglev train project

March 26, 2014

The new maglev bullet train service of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), scheduled to start between Shinagawa in Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, has become a growing cause for environmental concern.

JR Tokai released a draft report on the environment assessment last year to solicit opinions of related local governments. The reactions of the governors of seven prefectures along the planned route were overwhelmingly negative.

“JR Tokai’s attitude is that all it has to do is just meet the (environmental) standards. But that is not good enough,” said one governor. Another slammed the report as “subjective and inadequate.”

The governors took particular exception to JR Tokai’s failure to show concrete plans of action for critical issues.

Most of the service route will go through tunnels. That means digging will yield a massive volume of dirt, roughly equivalent to what was used to build the manmade island on which Chubu Airport now sits.

But JR Tokai has merely repeated that it will reuse some of the dirt and later consult local governments on what to do about the remainder. The company proposed creating a dirt dumping ground in the South-Alps mountains in Shizuoka Prefecture, but that idea was met with bitter opposition for potentially causing a dangerous landslide.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 03:39 PM   #686
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From Railway Gazette:

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Maglev Shinkansen work to start this year
13 May 2014

JAPAN: Construction of JR Central’s Chuo Shinkansen between Tokyo Shinagawa and Nagoya using superconducting maglev technology is expected to start towards the end of this year, possibly in October or November.

The date will depend on satisfactory completion of the environmental impact assessment process following the publication of a report last September. At that time JR Central also announced details of the route and the location of intermediate stations.

Work is expected to start at several sites, with construction teams likely to commence with the major tunnels because of the long lead times; a high proportion of the alignment will run in tunnel.

JR Central has tested and developed the technology on the ‘priority section’ of the alignment in Yamanashi prefecture since 1997, which was extended last year from 18·4 km to 42·8 km.

The 286 km line is due to be open in 2027, but there is pressure to complete another 5 km segment linking the priority section to the site of the planned station at Kofu in time for the 2020 Olympics. This would allow JR Central to demonstrate its superconducting maglev technology to large numbers of visitors.

JR Central has committed to bear the ¥5·4tr construction cost of the Tokyo – Nagoya line; the company has already spent ¥355bn of its own capital on extension of the test guideway
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Old May 14th, 2014, 09:13 AM   #687
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Yes I seen this, great stuff.

You would think that building the extra 5km and other necessary infrastructure is totally doable within the next 5.5 years.
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Old May 19th, 2014, 11:42 AM   #688
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Old May 19th, 2014, 04:02 PM   #689
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FWIW, some notables rode the maglev earlier this year:
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Old May 31st, 2014, 11:44 PM   #690
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Gov't looks to bring forward extension of maglev train to Osaka
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The government intends to bring forward the extension of Japan's magnetic levitation (maglev) train line -- which will first start operations between Tokyo and Nagoya -- to Osaka earlier than 2045 as initially scheduled, officials said.

The plan is part of the growth strategy the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is drawing up.

To that end, the government is poised to upgrade the maglev Shinkansen project led by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) to a national project in order to bring forward the full inauguration of the planned Tokyo-Osaka line and help secure well-balanced growth of the three major urban areas of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

The line is scheduled to initially start between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, and then be extended to Osaka in 2045. Superconductive maglev trains that will be operated at a maximum speed of 500 kilometers per hour will travel between Tokyo and Nagoya in some 40 minutes and between Tokyo and Osaka in about an hour.

The government will work out specific measures to help JR Tokai bring forward the line's extension to Osaka after approving the growth strategy in June. Officials are considering extending no-interest loans to the company to cover the costs of building the Nagoya-Osaka section or using public funds to build the line's Nagoya-Osaka section before handing the train line over to the firm. In the latter case, the company would later pay only the construction costs.

Moreover, the government is considering starting operations on the Hokkaido and Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train lines, which are currently under construction, earlier than originally scheduled.

more: http://mainichi.jp/english/english/n...na007000c.html
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Old June 26th, 2014, 11:25 PM   #691
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Old August 12th, 2014, 03:11 AM   #692
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Construction starts this October.

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Have they released the revised dates for the accelerated plan to bring Osaka online?
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have the joy rides to the public commenced yet?
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Old August 18th, 2014, 04:14 PM   #695
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have the joy rides to the public commenced yet?
Planned beginning this November.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 10:15 AM   #698
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JR Tokai has applied to the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) the construction implementation plan of the Chuo Shinkansen between Shinagawa and Nagoya for its approval.



According to the summary provided by JR-Tokai, the line will have a total length of 285.6 kilometers (Shinagawa - Nagoya). 246.6 kilometers (86%) will be in tunnel; 23.6 kilometers (8%) on a viaduct; 11.3 kilometers (4%) are bridges; and finally, 4.1 miles (2%) over land or embankment.

More technical data: Maximum ramp 40 per 1000. Minimum curve of radius 8,000 meters.

What it will cost? Divided into two parts: Part 1 Building, part 2 electrical equipment and vehicles (or deduction, that is my translation). Part 1 cost 4 trillion 158 billion yen. Part 2, 5 trillion 500 billion yen.

As I said, now has to be approved. JR-Tokai estimates start works in October.

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Japan to start work on first long-distance maglev line

The sight of a sleek bullet train cutting a swathe through the Japanese countryside became one of the symbols of this nation's technical prowess and regeneration after the difficult years immediately after the end of World War II.

And while the "shinkansen" will mark 50 years of operations on October 1, one of the railway companies that has operated the train that has repeatedly set benchmarks for speed, comfort and reliability is looking to the future and a whole different form of high-speed, mass-transit vehicles.

Central Japan Railway Co., which is more commonly known as JR Tokai, has announced that it will break ground on a line for a magnetically levitated train between Tokyo and Nagoya in September. Considered the next-generation of long-distance, mass-transit vehicles, the maglev uses magnetic pulses to propel the carriages, doing away with the need for wheels, axles and bearings.

The reduction in the number of parts that come into contact with the track gives the maglev dramatically less friction, providing a smoother and quieter ride at a faster speed.

Maglev projects have been put into operation previously - Shanghai put its Transrapid system into operation in 2004 and similar vehicles are used at airports in South Korea and Beijing - although Japan is regarded as the world leader in the technology and nothing on the scale of the Tokyo-Nagoya route has ever before been attempted before.

"The section between Shinagawa Station in Tokyo and Nagoya is the first part of the project and we are hoping to have that portion completed by 2027," a spokesman for the company told DW.

"At the moment, by conventional bullet train, that journey takes around 90 minutes, but the maglev will reduce that to just 40 minutes."

Osaka by 2045
"Once we have achieved that, the plan is to continue to the track to Osaka by 2045," he added. With the maglev touching speeds of 500 kilometers (310 miles) per hour, that journey will be reduced to an hour.

JR Tokai points out that the new service will also be effectively faster than even flying between Japan's two main cities, when the journey to and from airports is factored in, as well as waiting times.

"In addition, the amount of CO2 emissions that the superconducting maglev produces when carrying one person between Tokyo and Osaka is approximately one-third that of airplanes," the company said in a statement.

JR Tokai is preparing to present a final environmental impact assessment study to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, as well as local communities along the route, although it has done its homework in advance and no official objections are expected.

Local residents may have more reason for concern, although JR Tokai emphasizes that fully 86 percent of the 286-km Linear Chuo Shinkansen will be underground. That, however, generates another problem; how to dispose of an estimated 56.8 million cubic meters of soil excavated for the tunnels along the route.

Those issues will be overcome, the company insists, and experts say the entire project - which is expected to cost an eye-watering 8.44 trillion yen (61.5 billion euros) - is important for Japan's technological and economic future.

Lucrative future technology
"This is a very good example of Japanese technology and expertise and it is important that Japan retains this lead in magnetically levitated technology in the future," said Yoshitsugu Hayashi, a professor of railway transportation systems at Nagoya University.

"This is the first project of its kind in the world and Japanese companies are already the world-leaders in this sector," he added. "It is important that we protect our lead in this area as Japan has already been caught up by our competitors in sectors such as electronic appliances and cars."

And the system has already caught the attention of potential clients in other parts of the world.

The Japanese government is pushing ahead with a plan to construct a maglev system in the United States, where it would link the cities of Washington DC and Baltimore in a mere 15 minutes.

The 60-km journey presently takes one hour by conventional rail link and the Japanese government and JR Tokai hope to use the project to showcase the technology.

Tokyo is so keen to use the Washington-Baltimore route as a demonstration of its high-speed magnetic levitation train system that it has offered to pay half the estimated 8 billion USD (6.1 billion euros) cost of constructing the tracks.

Boston to Washington
Eventually, a 729-km track linking the US capital with Boston will be constructed.

The proposal for the maglev route was first put forward by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during talks with President Barack Obama in February and interest is increasing among states in the north-east of the US, according to JR Tokai.

To drum up further interest among other countries considering long-distance rail projects - Russia, India, China, Brazil and Canada are all reportedly looking at a new generation of rapid-transit systems - JR Tokai unveiled its maglev carriages in late 2012.

The front car of the Series L0 maglev measures nearly 28 meters long - of which 15 meters forms an aerodynamic nose section - and is fitted with 24 seats. A full 16-carriage train will be able to carry 1,000 passengers.

"Through the test runs, we will make final checks to ensure that commercial services are comfortable," Yasukazu Endo, the head of the development centre, told local media at the unveiling.
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The lottery for test run rides opens between 9/11-9/30! Seats are 2160yen each, with the "minimum order" of 2 and maximum of 4. Test runs will be at 10:30, 13:00, 14:30 of Nov. 13,14,18,19 and Dec. 4,5,9,10. There will be 100 seats for each test run. That means, there is a total of 3x8x100=2400 winning places for the lottery.

http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASG8X5JRFG8XUTIL04D.html
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Can Maglev-tracks have changes? Like if there's a problem somwhere along the line; can the train go to another track along-side it (like regular trains?
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