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Tokyo’s public transport bureau celebrates 90 years of bus services

by Jun Hongo

Staff Writer

Public transport buffs can’t miss the Tokyo Metropolitan Government transportation bureau’s celebration of the 90th anniversary of city bus services this Saturday.

Bus services first began in Tokyo on Jan.18, 1924, with Ford’s Model TT buses that could carry only 11 passengers. Its initial service on that day was also limited to two routes, one between Sugamo Station and Tokyo Station and another between Shibuya Station and Tokyo Station.

The celebration’s ceremony, which takes place at Tokyo Sankei Building in Chiyoda Ward from 10:30 a.m., sees the debut of new specially designed buses, and offers visitors the chance to ride on retro-style designed buses.

Special photo sessions with a variety of different Toei buses at the bureau’s Fukagawa office in Koto Ward will also be available, while commemorative one-day bus passes will be sold for ¥1,000 at the Sankei Building and bus offices across Tokyo. If you’re after a pass, though, better be quick, they are limited to 9,000, and you wouldn’t want to miss the boat … or bus.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s 90th anniversary of the city’s bus services is free to visit and takes place on Jan. 18 at the the Fukagawa office and at the Tokyo Sankei Building. Starting times of events vary. For more information contact the transportation bureau’s customer center at 03-3816-5700.