Tokyo-Osaka shinkansen operator to spend 100bn yen on upgrades

posted on October 23, 2015

Central Japan Railway, which runs the country's busiest bullet train line, will roll out new cars to keep improving a service that has seen 50 straight months of passenger growth.

The Nagoya-based company, better known as JR Tokai, said on Thursday that it will spend about 104 billion yen ($866 million) on 20 N700A train sets and improvements to rolling stock already in service, including redesigned brakes. It plans to begin running all the trains on its mainstay Tokaido Shinkansen line, which links Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, at up to 285kph in the spring of 2020.

With upgrades that include shortening braking distance by 5%, existing trains will be brought up to N700A performance, making that the uniform standard.

With business travelers accounting for 60-70% of Tokaido Shinkansen passengers, nothing does more to improve service than shortening the travel time. At 285kph -- 15kph faster than the previous top speed -- the minimum travel time edges down to two hours and 22 minutes.

source by newsonjapan
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