Wednesday, September 18, 2013

No. 773: Chuo Shinkansen starts operation in 2027 (September 18, 2013)

The final route of the Chuo Shinkansen and the locations of new stations were made public. With an investment of 9,000 billion yen, Chuo Shinkansen will start operation between Tokyo and Nagoya (286 km) in 2027 and between Nagoya and Shin Osaka (152 km) in 2045. The linear car will travel between Tokyo and Nagoya in about 40 minutes and between Tokyo and Osaka (438 km) in about one hour. 

It is hardly possible to inaugurate the Chuo Shinkansen in time for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for 2020 because underground and tunnels accounts for 86% of the line. However, Central Japan Railway, operator of the Chuo Shinkansen, will offer the paid opportunity to ride the linear car traveling on the experiment line next year. The Chuo Shinkansen will integrate Japan’s three economic regions of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The economic effect is estimated at 16,800 billion yen when the three regions are integrated in 2045. 

Chuo Shinkansen starts operation in 2027.

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