Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is set to deliver a five-car new train to the Tokyo’s Bureau of Transportation in Japan, for operations on the Nippori-Toneri Liner.
The new trains will begin running on the automated guideway transit (AGT) system from October, easing the peak-hour rush.
The new lightweight Model 330 trains feature MHI’s more comfortable G-Fit seats.
The longer, longitudinal seating is expanded by 19 seats, while the overall capacity is increased by 97 passengers in each five-car train, compared with the existing model.
The trains are 1.5t lighter than the older models, thanks to their double-skin, aluminium body structure.
According to the company, the reduction in train weight reduces energy consumption and increases service life for components.
The lightweight T-smover bogies with rubber tyres provide low-noise and vibration, and are easy to maintain.
Operated by the Tokyo metropolitan government since 2008, the Nippori-Toneri Liner connects Nippori Station in Arakawa-ku to Minumadai-shinsuikoen Station in Adachi-ku, a distance of approximately 10km.
Image: The new Model 330 cars have G-Fit long seats. Photo: courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.