The Japan Highway Public Corp. submitted an application July 29 to the Construction Ministry to open the new Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway on Dec. 18, with a one-way fare of 4,000 yen for the first five years.

The toll for the highway, which links Kawasaki to Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, beneath Tokyo Bay, is to be raised to 4,900 yen in the sixth year of operation. Japan Highway said it will offer advance tickets at a discounted rate of 3,500 yen. These will be valid for six months after the opening of the highway, also known as the Aqualine. The 15.1-km Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway, a 1.48 trillion yen project, is the world’s longest undersea highway. According to the firm, it will cut travel time between Kawasaki and Kisarazu by about 75 minutes, enabling motorists to cross the bay in about 15 minutes.

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