Trains in Japan can get pretty hot and sweaty even without the sweltering summer heat mixed in, and some commuters have voiced concerns about the conditions on trains that have to wait at the station for more than the usual barely-enough-time-to-get-on-and-off 30 seconds. However, one of Japan’s major rail companies has come up with an innovative solution to keep passengers a mite cooler.
To keep the cool in their carriages, JR East (East Japan Railway Company) has implemented a new system on their trains departing from stations such as Tokyo and Shinagawa along the Tokaido Line. The usually open doors remain CLOSED before departure, requiring passengers to physically press a button to open the doors and board the train.
Trains starting out from Tokyo Station usually wait at the station for around 10 minutes prior to departure with the doors open so that passengers can hop on and take a seat. According to JR East, people were complaining of hot air in the carriages, and the air conditioning being insufficient. This might sound a bit pathetic, but anyone who’s experienced Japan’s brutally hot and humid summers will no doubt sympathise.
So, starting from Aug 19, passengers were able to manually push a button next to the train door to open them at five stations along the Tokaido Line. JR has also introduced this system onto some trains at Ueno Station, and is deliberating whether to expand it further based on the response from commuters. As well as keeping people from being overwhelmed by the heat, it also has the added bonus of potentially reducing cooling costs and making the trains more environmentally friendly.
Since the implementation, there’s been no confusion reported and commuters seems to be taking to the change like ducks to water.
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