Railway operators envision starting service on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line linking the northern main island with Honshu on March 26, 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Hokkaido Railway Co. and East Japan Railway Co. are making arrangements for 13 round trips per day, they said. Ten of the 13 round trips will connect Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokkaido and Tokyo in 4 hours and 10 minutes at the fastest, while the remainder will link Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and stations in the Tohoku area.

The name of the bullet trains to run on the line will be Hayabusa and Hayate.