The Painful Tokyo Commute Gallery

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    Nov 21, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
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    Nov 21, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
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    Nov 21, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    Totally ridiculous. If there's that many people commuting, why not just increase the number of subway trains during rush hour. Caged animals are less cramped.
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    Nov 21, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    Also, as a train driver, just a few words about train overcrowding. At 120% capacity, dwell times (how long you spend to go in and out of the station) increase, 150% and doors with sensitive edges begin to malfunction and at 200% capacity you may not be able to close the doors at all.
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    Nov 21, 2012 7:28 PM GMT
    sweetyork saidTotally ridiculous. If there's that many people commuting, why not just increase the number of subway trains during rush hour. Caged animals are less cramped.


    The system already runs as many trains as it can handle and if you add more trains then stations trains can become backed up in tunnels which can lead to severe delays or deadlock the system.
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    Nov 21, 2012 7:31 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd saidAlso, as a train driver,


    I thought you were a farmer and just wanted a boyfriend who was a train driver. icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 21, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    showme said
    FitGwynedd saidAlso, as a train driver,


    I thought you were a farmer and just wanted a boyfriend who was a train driver. icon_confused.gif


    I volunteer as a driver on several of the area heritage railways
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    Nov 21, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    its a bit different in Tokyo. Yes they fit a massive number of people onto the trains at rush hour and last-call (the trains stop running between midnight and 5am) but there are also white-gloved attendants on the platform who aid and assist in this feat. The Tokyo subway system is one of the cleanest, most efficient public transportation systems in the world by many accounts. Also, Japanese etiquette is very different from our western slobbery. Train etiquette is amazing in fact. Its virtually unheard of to see someone on their phone on a train in Tokyo and if they are it is frowned upon. Also, when the pack is on most of you are probably wondering how you get off if you're stuck in the middle of the car. Just say "excuse me" (in japanese of course, so "sumimasen") and the pack parts and lets you to the door.
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    Nov 22, 2012 1:24 AM GMT
    As one living here in Tokyo from an American perspective, let me tell you—no where else in the States could you have this without people getting overly irritable, agitated and disorderly and maybe even violent. People here are amazingly cooperative despite the extreme crowdedness of the system. Personal space is non-existent. The Japanese have a remarkable sense of harmony and social cohesion that makes this possible. And the trains run ON TIME (with some exceptions, of course) !! I am always amazed.

    Ever want to feel like a sardine? Ride a Tokyo train during rush hour.