JR releases new maglev train line details


New details on the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line’s route and stations were announced Wednesday.

Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) said they are waiting for government approval before they begin construction of the 286-km Tokyo-Nagoya line by 2014. Around 86%, or 246 km, of the line would run through tunnels.

The magnetic levitation trains is set to begin operations in 2027, JR Tokai said.

The announcement include the precise locations and the planned designs of Shinagawa Station’s terminal in Tokyo and Nagoya Station’s terminal.

The starting station of the maglev train will be about 40 meters underground Shinagawa Station’s Tokaido Shinkansen line. The terminal station in Nagoya will be about 30 meters underground, and about 40 meters beneath its Tokaido Shinkansen station.

Two platforms of the maglev trains will be built parallel with those of the Tokaido Shinkansen.

Other stations will be built near Hashimoto Station in Midori Ward, Sagamihara; the Otsumachi district in Kofu; near the Kamisato-Iinuma district in Iida, Nagano Prefecture; and the Sendanbayashi district in Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture.

Prior to the press release, documents regarding possible negative impacts on the environment were distributed to the governors of Tokyo and six prefectures and the mayors of 39 municipalities along the line.

JR Tokai President Yoshiomi Yamada insisted that “there will be no negative effects, or if there are, they will be minor.”

The company begun trials of the “levitating” trains last month. The maglev trains are dubbed as the world’s fastest linear train at 500 kph.

Passengers could soon travel between Tokyo and Nagoya in under 40 minutes, says JR Tokai.

By: Maesie Bertumen

Image: Bistrosavage/Flickr



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