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Tokyo Train, Subway Operators Reduce Commuter Services to Conserve Power

Japan’s biggest subway and train operators reduced services on commuter lines for a second weekday to conserve power after the March 11 earthquake crippled a nuclear power plant north of the capital Tokyo.

East Japan Railway Co. (9020), which runs Tokyo’s busiest above-ground system, is operating limited services on 22 of its commuter lines and three bullet trains, according to its website. Tokyo Metro Co., the city’s biggest subway network, was operating all nine of its lines at about 50 percent of the normal schedule, it said on its website.

Tokyo’s central business district appeared less congested than usual as companies asked some employees to work from home. At about 10 a.m. a line of eight taxis were waiting for riders in front of Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi south exit, a reversal from March 11, when train stoppages left commuters to wait in 200 meter lines for a cab.

Express train services to Narita International Airport, the nation’s busiest international hub, were still suspended. JR East, as East Japan Railway is known, was not operating its Narita Express service today, while Keisei Electric Railway Co. halted operations on its Skyliner express to the airport in Narita.

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A member of East Japan Railways Co.'s station staff prepares a notice in front of the closed entrance of a train station after Tokyo Electric Co. announced the power outages in Urayasu city, Japan.

Tokyo Monorail Co., a venture with JR East, was operating its line on a curtailed schedule from Hamamatsucho Station in central Tokyo to Haneda Airport, Asia’s second busiest.

Below is a list of Tokyo area train lines and their status of operations as of 11 a.m. local time:


Train line           Operating Status        Operator
Narita Express       Suspended               JR East
Skyliner             Suspended               Keisei Electric
Ginza                50% of normal           Tokyo Metro
Marunouchi           50% of normal           Tokyo Metro
Chiyoda              50% of normal           Tokyo Metro
Oedo                 Reduced                 Toei Transport
Yurakucho            50% of normal           Tokyo Metro
Hibiya               50% of normal           Tokyo Metro
Hanzomon             50% of normal           Tokyo Metro
Namboku              50% of normal           Tokyo Metro
Tozai                50% of normal           Tokyo Metro
Fukutoshin           50% of normal           Tokyo Metro
Yamanote             Reduced                 JR East
Chuo                 Reduced                 JR East
Sobu                 Reduced                 JR East
Keihin-Tohoku        Reduced                 JR East
Saikyo               Reduced                 JR East
Yokusuka             Reduced                 JR East
Tokaido              Reduced                 JR East
Takasaki             Reduced                 JR East
Chuo-Sobu Kankou     Reduced                 JR East
Chuo Honsen          Reduced                 JR East
Utsunomiya           Reduced                 JR East
Tsurumi              Reduced                 JR East
Narita               Reduced                 JR East
Keiyo                Reduced                 JR East
Kawagoe              Reduced                 JR East
Joban Express        Reduced                 JR East
Joban                Reduced                 JR East
Musashino            Reduced                 JR East
Nambu                Reduced                 JR East
Nambu-Shisen         Reduced                 JR East
Oume                 Reduced                 JR East
Joetsu               Reduced                 JR East

To contact the reporter on this story: Kiyotaka Matsuda in Tokyo at kmatsuda@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Neil Denslow at ndenslow@bloomberg.net

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