Central Japan Railway Co (JR Tokai) on Wednesday unveiled details of its route for its magnetically levitated trains which are scheduled to begin service between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027.
JR Tokai said there will be four stations on the 286-kilometer route between Shinagawa and Nagoya. The Shinagawa and Nagoya stations will be about 40 meters underground, Sankei Shimbun reported. The first station after Shinagawa will be Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture (also underground). The next three stops will be above ground in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Iida, Nagano Prefecture and in Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture.
The travel time will be just 40 minutes, an hour faster than the current time. Nearly 90% of the journey will be underground or through tunnels, JR Tokai officials said, Sankei reported
JR Tokai has been conducting test runs since August on a 42.8-kilometer track in Yamanashi Prefecture.
The L0 maglev train, which is driverless, has five cars, 2.9 meters wide and 3.1 meters high. Its maximum speed is 500 kilometers per hour. The current fastest train in Japan is the Hayabusa shinkansen which travels at 320 kph.
JR Tokai also said that it would be impossible to have the maglev train in service in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Company president Yoshiomi Yamada told a news conference that it will take 10 years to build the tracks and stations and the work cannot be completed by 2020, Sankei reported.© Japan Today