’25 Tokyo-Nagoya maglev debut eyed

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) will aim to replace bullet trains with maglev services between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2025, JR Tokai President Masayuki Matsumoto said Thursday.

On bullet train services using the maglev system being tested on an experimental track in Yamanashi Prefecture, he told a news conference, “We would like to aim at launching commercial services between the Tokyo and Nagoya areas in 2025.”

The existing Tokaido Shinkansen Line system has reached its limits in terms of technology and transportation capacity, he said.

Matsumoto said he will “take the initiative” in utilizing the JR Tokai-managed line for the maglev.