Feb 25, 2016

Sanyo Shinkansen Line to get major overhaul from 2028

The aging Sanyo Shinkansen Line will undergo major renovations from 2028, the line’s operator said Wednesday. The work on bridges, tunnels and embankments will take a decade. West Japan Railway Co., known as JR West, estimates the total cost at ¥155.7 billion, part of ...

Hopes high for Hokkaido bullet train

Feb 19, 2016

Hopes high for Hokkaido bullet train

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The port city of Hakodate and surrounding areas in southern Hokkaido are abuzz ahead of next month’s start of a shinkansen line that is expected to drastically cut transportation time and give a boost to local industries and other areas in Japan. Although the ...

JR East shinkansen decorated in dazzling livery

Jan 14, 2016

JR East shinkansen decorated in dazzling livery

East Japan Railway Co. has unveiled a shinkansen decorated with sparkling images of fireworks. The eye-catching train will serve on a stretch of line that ends in Niigata. The Genbi Shinkansen was unveiled at JR Omiya Station in Saitama on Tuesday. Its exterior features ...

Laser aimed at shinkansen driver in western Japan

Dec 12, 2015

Laser aimed at shinkansen driver in western Japan

A laser beam was apparently aimed at the driver of a waiting shinkansen bullet train in late November in western Japan, an official of West Japan Railway Co. said Saturday, following similar incidents targeting flying aircraft in Okinawa and elsewhere. A Kodama train halted ...

Tokyo-Hokkaido bullet-train fees to be cheaper than airfares

Oct 14, 2015

Tokyo-Hokkaido bullet-train fees to be cheaper than airfares

Hokkaido Railway Co. said Tuesday that a reserved-seat ticket for bullet-train service between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokkaido will cost ¥22,690 per adult, cheaper than current fares for flights linking the capital and Hakodate. The company, better known as JR Hokkaido, filed for ...

Jan 6, 2015

California to begin work on first bullet train in U.S.

California’s high-speed rail project was set to reach a milestone with officials breaking ground on the first bullet train in the U.S. on Tuesday. The ceremony in Fresno comes amid challenges from Central Valley farmers and communities in the train’s path who have sued ...