Tokyo Govt Eyeing Water Buses for 2020 Games Spectators

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 28 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan government is considering using water buses to transport spectators in the Japanese capital's waterfront area during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, informed sources said Thursday.

Through the move, the metropolitan government hopes to ease congestion on existing public transport systems, including trains and buses, and advertise the attraction of the waterfront area to people in and outside Japan, the sources said.

With the area facing Tokyo Bay set to host competition venues for many popular sports, including swimming, tennis and gymnastics, there are concerns that traffic congestion could get serious during the 2020 Games.

Among the venues, the Sea Forest Waterway is located far from the nearest train station, and the Tokyo government has been considering offering a shuttle bus service to and from it.

Water buses will be added as a means of access to the venue, where rowing and canoeing events are slated to take place, according to the sources.

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