2nd Day of Traffic-Easing Trials Conducted for Tokyo Games

Sports Society

Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan area underwent a second day of large-scale trials on Friday to ease traffic congestion on major roads, in preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The trials, previously conducted on Wednesday, are aimed at testing whether measures to curb traffic such as closing entry ramps for expressways will work on Fridays, when traffic volumes are expected to be higher than on other days.

As with the first day, four entry ramps to the Metropolitan Expressway near the athletes' village and competition venues, including the Harumi ramp, were closed off for the whole day.

Additionally, traffic lights on the local Ring Road No. 7 were programmed to shorten the duration of green lights for vehicles heading toward the center of the capital.

A total of 37 entry ramps for expressways, including the four near the village and venues, were closed off as of 11:15 a.m. (2:15 a.m. GMT).

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