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~Subway linking Tokyo and the World~
The new Type 5500 railcars of the Asakusa Line debut on June 30 (Saturday)!

The new Type 5500 railcars

The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation is announcing that a new type of railcar, the Type 5500, will begin service on the Asakusa Line on Saturday, June 30. This will be the first new railcar on the Asakusa Line in 20 years. Since unveiling the railcars at the Toei Festa 2017 in Asakusa last December, we have been conducting a series of trial runs and adjustments to ensure the safety and peace of mind of customers who ride the trains.
The Bureau will change out the railcars of all 27 trains of the Asakusa Line for the new railcars in succession.
These railcars will offer a pleasant ride for all customers, from both Haneda and Narita airports to the city center, as the trains to tourist areas that are typical of Tokyo such as Asakusa and Ginza, for commuting or for tourists from overseas or Japan, so please be sure to ride them.

1 Concept

Railcars that convey the image of Japan and a feeling of speed

2 Design

External appearance

The design is bold and lively, a modern arrangement inspired by a Kabuki motif, which is connected to the area along the Asakusa Line, and to the general image of Japan internationally

Interior finishing

The design of the space is calming and harmonious, but also playful, using designs from Japanese paper and fine patterns, and such crafts as Edo kiriko (faceted glass) and illustrations from areas along the Line

3 The railcars that will be put in service at this time

Railcar type

Type 5500

First service day

June 30, 2018 (Saturday)

Number of train formats

1 format (8 railcars) Will subsequently be introduced in succession

Manufacturer

Japan Transport Engineering Company

Railcar characteristics

Utilized universal design concept (railcars that are easy on users)
  • There is free space on all railcars for ease of use by customers in wheelchairs, with baby buggies, or who are carrying large items
  • Expanded the space around the boarding doors to make boarding and exiting smoother during rush hours
  • Fully equipped with hanging straps and rails, with lower straps and lower storage shelves
  • Doors that can be easily pulled open in the rare event that something is caught in them

(image 1)Utilized universal design concept (railcars that are easy on users)

(image 2)Utilized universal design concept (railcars that are easy on users)

Pleasant railcar interior space
  • The seat widths have been expanded, and wind screens that are larger for a good view are used
  • Enhanced air conditioning, using air purifying functions, making a more pleasant interior space possible
  • LCD monitors with 2 screens in multiple languages, offering full guidance to foreign visitors to Japan
  • Security camera installations

(image 1) Pleasant railcar interior space

(image 2) Pleasant railcar interior space

Environmental performance, interior
  • All lighting uses LEDs
  • VVVF controls using next-generation SiC semiconductor components
    ※1,※2 Reducing the burden on the environment depending on the equipment used
  • Oil-free compressor
    1. ※1SiC: Semiconductor devices that use SiC (silicon carbide) have lower failure rates and can operate at higher temperatures than the silicon semiconductors of the past
    2. ※2VVVF (variable voltage, variable frequency) controls: A system with a simple structure and powerful output to run trains with AC motors by converting DC power to AC in an inverter,
  • The interiors make use of traditional Tokyo crafts and illustrations from along the subway line, to offer a calm Japanese atmosphere that is also playful

(image 1) Environmental performance, interior

(image 2) Environmental performance, interior

(Notes) About the Asakusa Line

The Asakusa Line was the first Toei subway line, beginning service between Asakusa and Oshiage on December 4, 1960. At that time, an innovative project to construct a subway crossing of a major river (Sumida River) for the first time began, as well as the first joint direct connection between a subway and private railways in Japan. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the complete line, running as far as Nishi-magome on November 15, 1968.
Now there are joint direct operations with 4 companies, Keisei Electric Railways, Keikyu Corporation, Hokuso-Railway, and Shibayama Railway, and this year marks the 50th anniversary since the beginning of joint operations between Keisei, Toei, and Keikyu.
The daily ridership(※) of the Asakusa Line is about 720,000 people. ※2016

Asakusa Line - route map

The Toei Transportation public YouTube channel is showing "KABUKI UNDERGROUND" for a limited time (from today to August 22) to commemorate the start of service of the Type 5500 railcar.
Please see the attachment for details. "Chika-Tokyo Vision" is also being shown on LCD monitors In railcars on the Shinjuku Line and Oedo Line.

「KABUKI UNDERGROUND」

"The Action Plan for 2020" Project

This project is part of "The Action Plan for 2020."
"Diversity Policy Pillar 6, a city where all can sense kindness"

Inquiries

Toei Transportation Customer Center Tel: 03-3816-5700 (From 9:00 to 20:00, seven days a week, year-round)

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