Photo: Toyo Kosoku Tetsudo Line
The Toyo Kosoku Tetsudo Line, covering a distance of 16.2 kilometers, started operations
on 27 April between Nishi Funabashi and Higashi Katsutadai stations. The new Toyo
Rapid Railway and Teito Rapid Transit Authority's Tozai subway line offer 166 direct train
services on weekdays and 134 on weekends, and the commuting time between Higashi
Katsutadai and Otemachi stations is now reduced to about 46 minutes.
(Toyo Rapid Railway)
Photo: Rinkai Fukutoshin Line
The eastern portion of the Rinkai Fukutoshin Line, linking Tokyo's centre with the waterfront
development area along Tokyo Bay, started operations on 30 March. The line is
operated by Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Inc. The 4.9-km route has four stations,
connecting Shin-Kiba Station in Koto Ward with Tokyo Teleport Station, the central part
of the development area, in a 7-minute ride. A total of 38,000 people a day are expected
to use the new line. Construction of the western part of the line is scheduled to be
completed in 2000.
(Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit, Inc.)
Photo: Saikyo Line Shinjuku - Ebisu Extension
To alleviate the overcrowded condition of the Yamanote Line during rush hours, the
Saikyo Line connecting Omiya Station in Saitama Prefecture and Tokyo's Shinjuku
Station added a 5-km extension to provide train services to Ebisu Station starting 16
March. Seventy-eight of the 187 trains to or from Shinjuku extend services to Ebisu,
shortening the commuting time between Ikebukuro and Shibuya by 5 minutes and
also greatly ameliorating the congestion between Shinjuku and Shibuya stations.
Photo: Namboku Line Komagome – Yotsuya Extension
A 7.1-km extension was added to the Namboku Line on 25 March. The new line has
six stations. Connections to other lines can be made at four of these stations,
making the Namboku Line even more convenient.
(Teito Rapid Transit Authority)