[JP] Doubts about the Maglev project.

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[JP] Doubts about the Maglev project.

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JR Tokai's belief that Linear is 'absolutely necessary' is in trouble
Wondering why it must coexist with the Tokaido Shinkansen line under a declining population

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Source: https://toyokeizai.net/articles/-/666250 Accesssed 2023-04-22

Doubts have been raised about the Linear Shinkansen project.When people say the line will connect Tokyo and Osaka in an hour at 500 km/h, I think, "So what?" I think, "So what? In the first place, the line to Osaka will not open for at least 14 years. Why spend 10 trillion yen on such a project?

Apparently I am not the only one who is not interested in the line, as almost 90% of the train runs in tunnels, which makes it difficult to photograph. Even when you get on the train, there is no sense of travel.

A few years ago I took a test ride on an experimental line in Yamanashi. The train is stable, having been developed over more than half a century. The noise is also lower than expected. However, the interior is small and the view from the window is all darkness. In other words, it's like a high-speed metro. I knew we didn't need it.

But JR Tokai's management and employees are unanimous in their insistence that it is absolutely necessary. You say that the Tokaido Shinkansen alone is not enough, and that the Linear Line can be used for transportation in times of disaster such as earthquakes. Is this true?

Translated from Japanese News: https://toyokeizai.net/articles/-/666250 Accesssed 2023-04-22

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