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Japan Railway Tokai to test 360 kph for N700S Shinkansen

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Central Japan Railway Co. President Shin Kaneko has said that the company plans to conduct test runs of the new N700S Shinkansen bullet train model at a maximum speed of 360 kph this year.

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The N700S is slated to debut on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line in the fiscal year starting April 2020.

Currently, the maximum operating speed is 285 kph for trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, which links Tokyo Station and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka.

Pointing out that the N700S train was able to travel at a maximum speed of 330 kph in past test runs, Kaneko said in a recent interview, “We aim to carry out test runs at 360 kph this year so that we can demonstrate safety when we export the train to such markets as the United States and Taiwan.”

He also noted that about one-third of reserved seat passengers on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line and the Sanyo Shinkansen Line, which connects Shin-Osaka and Hakata Station in Fukuoka, use the smartEX ticketless service and reserve their seats via smartphone. SmartEX was introduced for the two Shinkansen lines in autumn 2017.

“Ticketless travel relieves passengers of stress,” Kaneko said, adding that it is also a plus for railway operators because it does not require commission fees.

“Personally, I hope that a ticketless system will be introduced also for the Chuo Shinkansen Line,” which is slated to open in 2027 to link Tokyo and Nagoya. Magnetic levitation trains will be used on the ultrahigh-speed railway.

Kaneko said that JR Tokai has made steady progress in construction work for the maglev Shinkansen line.


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