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Tokyo's monorail>>>>>>any form of transit!!!

Okay, a while back I did the whole Monorail vs. LRT thread which was fairly successful, and I was almost set to accept LRT as the victor... until I saw this video!!! I don't think I have seen a single LRT perform so well, especially in urban traffic. Also, this 17km line carried up to 300,000 people per day at its prime!!! (source: Wikipedia...)

Anyways, even if you think LRT is the greatest thing to happen to mass transit since the wheel, check out this video. Even if monorail isn't quite there yet, it is definitely a technology to keep an eye on.


EDIT: video isn't loading on my PC, so if you have trouble loading it, here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZR5u33xY90
 

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I rode it once when I went to the airport, and its really bumpy with weird seating arrangements. (Very nice views though)

On the return trip, I just took the normal train, easier to put luggage and more smooth.
 

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Impressive. But isn't Greater Tokyo like two massive cities put together? And isn't the whole system privatised? If so, what government regulations are there? And how the hell do they build it so quickly?!? *Culture shock*
 

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Hmmm, although I am completely amazed by Tokyo's rail network. And I don't doubt it is the largest in the world. Those first maps at least cover an area far greater than Tokyo. The end of the line at the bottom/left is a town called Shimoda. This town is around (and maybe over) 200km from central Tokyo. It is certainly not in the urban belt, and at 200km probably far from the metropolitan belt as well. The Izu Peninsular is not a built up area.

Still, great rail maps.
 

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Railway routes shown on the aerial map
From Google Earth


Some station names put on it (sorry for the language, Japanese names in English alphabet usually get too long.)
 

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^^^ Great images, although the main first map on page 1 covers an area much larger than shown above, as it also includes the large Izu Peninsular
 

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Impressive. But isn't Greater Tokyo like two massive cities put together? And isn't the whole system privatised? If so, what government regulations are there? And how the hell do they build it so quickly?!? *Culture shock*
lol yeah i think Greater Tokyo is Tokyo and Yokohama put together :nuts:
 

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lol yeah i think Greater Tokyo is Tokyo and Yokohama put together :nuts:
Probably cause Japan is so dense! I'm wondering if the country will one day become one massive city. Doubtful though since the population is on the decline.

Do the subways have a good safety record? Because wasn't there a train that ended up derailing because the driver oversped because he was late? And like i've said before... Is the Japanese system government run or privately run?
 

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Other a couple of incidents, I thought its well known globally for being super safe etc.

The Japanese system comprises of a lot of govt and private rail operators.
 

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Somebody knows about this trains in Buenos Aires Subway (local name "Subte"), who has built these trains.

Line B, EX-Eidan Marunouchi Line Series 500













and the last i know was made in japan (toshiba), actualy in use in suburban railways (TBA and Metrovias)

I saw these trains in Beijing, too! I noticed the non-smoking signs on the subte (Linea C?) are written in English and in Chinese characters!
 

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How about photos of the stations/trains? The maps are impressive, but to be honest some stations and trains would be more interesting.
 

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Wow, Greater Tokyo's urban railway network [urn] is really, really vast; intricately complex; and absurdly immense/huge/massive by any given standard. I've asked someone before (I think it was you.) regarding the number of individual railway lines that are present in the Greater Tokyo Area, and, he listed each line down. The list came up with 136 "individual" lines (thru service, change-to-another-service and/or shared lines were taken into account so that a single line where two services ply was counted simply as one line).

Are there still lines being built (whether subway, monorail, mag-lev, commuter rail [think: Shinkansen], cargo/freight rail, people-mover/shuttle-train, tramway, and/or hanging-mono-rail)?

If there are, indeed, new additions to the existing number of "individual" lines, what are they? And, if you have the complete list, do give me a PM. Thanks. :cheers2:

P.S. And oh, btw, if you also know the new total mileage of the entire Greater Tokyo Urban Railway Network, please PM me about that, too.
 

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^^ Oh yeah...they are. Sure does put New York Tri-State Area's railway network to shame does it.

I'm really impressed, though, at NYC's 24 hour subway service. :bow: No where else has such a service...not even Greater Tokyo. :yes:
 

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I've asked someone before (I think it was you.)
I was too lazy to answer that. It was burningbaka who kindly listed the lines.

Are there still lines being built
Listing from the most realistic to the least;

1: Lines that are currently under construction:
Nippori Toneri Liner (AGT): Scheduled to open at March, 2008.
Yokohama Municipal Subway Green Line: April, 2008.
Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line: June, 2008.
Keisei Narita New Rapid Line: Sort of an extension of Hokuso Line. April, 2010.

2: Plans that are officially confirmed, and likely to be built:
JR Tohoku Longitudinal Line (Tohoku Main Line extension): From Ueno to Tokyo, linking Tohoku Main Line and Tokaido Main Line. 2010 or later.
Kanagawa Western Line (= Sotetsu-JR Link Line, Sotetsu-Tokyu Link Line): Directly linking Sotetsu and Tokyo. 2015 (JR), 2019 (Tokyu).

3: Plans that are considered, with a good possibility to be built:
JR Chuo Shinkansen (maglev)
Odakyu Tama Line extension; to Kamimizo
Saitama Railway extension; to Iwatsuki
Tsukuba Express extension; to Tokyo Sta.

4: Plans that are officially confirmed, but unlikely to be built under the current situation:
Chiba Urban Monorail Line 1 extension
Kanazawa Seaside Line extension; to the "true" Kanazawa-Hakkei Station.
Keisei Chihara Line extention
Sotetsu Izumino Line extension; to Hiratsuka.
Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line extension; from Toyosu to all the way north to Noda.

5: Plans that are considered, but unlikely to be built under the current situation:
Eight Liner; under the Kanpachi (Loop 8) Avenue.
JR Keiyo Line extension; to Mitaka
JR Saikyo Line extension; to Haneda Airport
Kama-Kama Line; linking Keikyu Kuko Line and Tokyu Tamagawa Line
Kawasaki Subway
Keikyu Kurihama Line extension; to Aburatsubo
Light rail line in Utsumoniya
Metro Seven; under the Kannana (Loop 7) Avenue.
New line between Tokyo (Shinagawa?) and Yokohama (Sakuragicho?), based on the current Tokaido Freight Line.
Saigun New Line; linking Tobu Tojo Line and Gunma.
Saitama Railway Line extension; to Hanyu
Shibayama Railway Line extension; to the central Shibayama, or to Kujukurihama Coast.
Some sort of LRT/AGT in Saitama City
Some sort of line in Makuhari
Tama Urban Monorail extension; to Hakonegasaki, to Machida, and some new line.
Toei Oedo Line extension; to Oizumi-Gakuen, or somewhere on JR Musashino Line.
Toei Shinjuku Line extension; to Shin-Kamagaya
Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line extension; to Matsudo
Tsukuba Express extension; to Tsuchiura or to Tukubasan
Yokohama Subway Blue Line extension; to Shin-Yurigaoka
Yokohama Subway Green Line extension; to make it loop-like line

6: Unofficial plan that is awaited among some people:
Link line between Takenotsuka and Ikebukuro

7: Plan that seems to be abandoned:
Keio Sagamihara Line extension; to Sagami-Nakano

Okay, the list does look many, but the real addition we are sure to have in the near future is just around 4 lines (ignoring extensions).

if you also know the new total mileage of the entire Greater Tokyo Urban Railway Network, please PM me about that, too.
That's harder to say, as the definition of Greater Tokyo varies between people. My take adds up to 2531.9 km, but it's just how _I_ would define the area. (If you include 6 new lines in the category 1 and 2, make it 2577.3 km.)
Below is the table I used, but I don't feel like transliterating all the names now.

 
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