How is Tokyo preparing for the 2020 Olympics? [Japanese news chosen by Japanese]


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This article introduces some Japanese news about how the Tokyo 2020 is preparing for the transportation.

A part of this article is a translation of 鉄道チャンネル and 首都圏83区間「鉄道混雑率」最新ランキング(Japanese).

During the Tokyo 2020, JR East plans extension of the last trains of Tokyo area routes

JR East is considering extending the last train of the Tokyo metropolitan area during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

How is Tokyo preparing for the Olympics?

The extension period for the last train is scheduled to be from July 24, 2020 to August 9, 2020.



As usual, Japanese trains do not operate 24 hours.
All trains stop their operation at late night (around 23:00-24:00) and starts at early morning (around 4:30-5:50).

Opening and closing time depends on each line.

The lines currently under consideration for extending the last train for about 30 to 60 minutes are Keihin Tohoku Line(京浜東北線), Chuo Line Rapid Train(中央線快速), Chuo and Sobu line local trains(中央線と総武線の各駅停車), Musashino Line(武蔵野線), Keiyo Line(京葉線), Joban Line Rapid Train(常磐線快速), Joban Line Local trans(常磐線各駅停車), Saikyo Line(埼京線), Yokohama Line (横浜線)(*), Ome Line(青梅線) (*).

The lines considering about 90 minutes of the last train are Yamanote Line(山手線), Tokaido Line(東海道線), Yokosuka Line(横須賀線), Sobu Rapid Line, Sobu Main Line, Uchibo Line, Kobo Line, Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line, Joban Line (Toride- Tsuchiura), Hachiko Line (*).

About specific time, it will be announced around April 2020.

*: They usually do not operate their lines at late night. They plan to operate only on Olympic period.

How is Tokyo ordinary transportation?

To know about Tokyo ordinary transportation, please see this topic below (Source: Metropolitan area railroad congestion rate” latest ranking (Japanese)).

How is Tokyo preparing for the Olympics? metro area map

Metropolitan area railroad congestion rate” latest ranking”

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (国土交通省)announced on July 17 the results of the survey on urban railway congestion in FY2017.

Congestion rate first place was 199% between Tokyo Metro Tozai Line(東西線) and Kiba-Monzennakacho (木場門前仲町)unchanged from the previous year, but Odakyu line(小田急線) congestion rate which had always been the worst 5 was up to 192 due to completion of compounding this time down to 151% at once.

As a result, the number of routes exceeding the congestion rate of 180% was reduced by one to 11 routes.

Based on the published data, the worst 5 this time is 1st to Tozai Line, 2nd to Kinshicho between JR Sobu Line Stations and Kinshicho between Ryogoku (197%), 3rd to Musashi Kosugi of JR Yokosuka Line- Nishi-Oi-ma (196%), 4th place the Musashi Nakahara-Musashi Kosugima (189%) of the JR Nambu Line, the 5th place Kawasaki-Shinagawa between the JR Tokaido Line-Shinagawa and Nippori-front of the red earth elementary school in the Sado Liner-Nishi Nippori (Both were 187%).

The worst 5 group is that the JR Tokaido Line is ranked in place of the Odakyu Line, all the same as the previous one, and all routes in the metropolitan area.

Outside of the metropolitan area, the congestion rate exceeded 150% only in the Nishi-Nippon Railroad Line Kaizuka Line / Nagoshima-Kaizuka Line (152%) in Fukuoka Prefecture, and all other areas including Osaka and Nagoya areas were less than 150%. .

In the metropolitan area, although the congestion rate exceeds 180%, the congestion rate of the 5th Tokaido Line is 3 points higher than that of fiscal 2016 and the Yokosuka line of the 3rd place is 5 points higher than the 2016 fiscal year.

Then, the fact that congestion is getting worse was also clarified.


That is why, as the first topic above, JR East plans to extend its operation hours longer during Olympics to solve the congestion rate problems in metropolitan area.


Odakyu goes out of the 3rd to 20th worst

The Odakyu Odawara Line(小田急線), known as one of the most congested routes in the country, was a familiar presence for a long time in the worst ranking of congestion rates.

How is Tokyo preparing for the Olympics? congestion rate

JR Shinagawa Station at 8:10 a.m.

The most congested section of the Setagaya-Yoda-Shimokitazawa-Dodo-Yoyogi-Uehara Intersection was completed in March this March, and the increase in the number of trains in the morning rush etc. led to a significant drop in congestion rate connected.

The number of trains per hour per hour (7: 31-8: 31) is increased from 29 to 36 due to double-linening, and there is also an increase in the number of 10-car trains, so the transport capacity per hour Increased by more than 10,000 from 38,347 to 49,416.

The congestion rate in the “main area 31 of the Tokyo area”, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Continuation continuously investigates the congestion rate, has been downgraded from 3rd to 23rd in the previous year to a single rank.

As a total of 83 sections, including semi-large, small and medium private railways, monorails, and new transportation systems, it ranked 41st.

Useful information about transportation in Tokyo area

Some English useful links to know about transportation in Tokyo area. These are all from each official sources.