Train Operating Hours to Be Extended during 2020 Tokyo Games


Tokyo, March 16 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has said train operating hours in the Japanese capital and its vicinity will be extended during the 2020 Olympic Games, to help people return to their homes or hotels after watching competition events late at night.

The governor announced the measure at a press conference on Friday.

In the Tokyo Olympics, competition events are slated to end after 11 p.m. at eight venues, including Ariake Arena in Tokyo's Koto Ward, where volleyball games will be held, Saitama Super Arena in the city of Saitama, north of Tokyo, which will host basketball games, and Nissan Stadium, or International Stadium Yokohama, in the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, where soccer matches will take place.

Subject to operating hour extension are about 60 lines, including those run by East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, and Tokyo Metro Co. The Tokyo metropolitan government and the Olympic organizing committee are discussing specifics with 19 railway companies.

Train operations will be extended until after 2 a.m. on JR East's Yamanote Line, a busy loop line in central Tokyo, and subway lines in the capital, and by about 30 to 90 minutes on lines connecting Tokyo and surrounding areas.

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