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Tokyo considers drastic measures to fix extreme subway crowding

Posted on January 11, 2017

Photo: tokyoform via Flickr
Photo: tokyoform via Flickr

TOKYO — Government officials are trying to find solutions for Tokyo's notoriously crowded subway and train systems, which transport 40 million passengers daily, reported the South China Morning Post. The average capacity at peak service times came to 164% in 2015, which has been steady for around 15 years, according to officials.

Adding more trains is not seen as a viable plan, as trains already run every couple of minutes on the busiest lines, the report said.

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One suggested solution would be to add double-decker trains, but engineers warned that this would cause additional delays to the limited number of access doors, according to the South China Morning Post. For the full story, click here.

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