Thursday, June 2, 2011

Kyodo news: JR Tokai to list sites for maglev stations in June


 NagoyaCentral Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) is expected to present its choices for stations on the magnetically levitated train line between Tokyo and Nagoya as early as month's end, sources said Wednesday.


                                                                                                                                Photo: Bloomberg
Central Japan Railway Co.'s N700 series Shinkansen bullet train travels past Mount Fuji.


 In its report, to be submitted to local governments along the line, JR Tokai will also detail the route for the maglev train, which is expected to debut in 2027.
 With each prefecture along the line to be allocated one station, the expected site for Kanagawa Prefecture is Hashimoto Station in the city of Sagamihara.
 As for Yamanashi, Gifu and Nagano prefectures, several sites are bidding to host a station or are in ongoing discussions with local authorities. As a result, JR Tokai will hear local opinions before reaching its final decisions.
 Tokyo's terminal for the maglev line is currently expected to be Shinagawa Station.
 JR Tokai plans to start construction in fiscal 2014 so it can start full service between Tokyo and Osaka in 2045, following the launch of the Tokyo-Nagoya operation.
 Last week, the government instructed JR Tokai to construct the Tokyo to Osaka maglev line on a route running through the Southern Alps.
 The train is expected to link Tokyo and Osaka in 67 minutes, running at a maximum speed of 505 kph.

©japantimes.co.jp




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