Tokyo metro tries to ease rush hour congestion with meals for early commuters

Source:AFP Published: 2019/1/22 17:58:40

One of Tokyo's most crowded subway lines has a plan to ease congestion even if it means giving commuters a bit of indigestion: it's offering free food during rush hour.

Around 7.2 million people use Tokyo's mammoth metro system every day, with some lines suffering notorious crowding in rush hour. 

The offer of free noodles comes as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched its own initiative over the next two weeks to encourage commuting outside of peak hours.

Nearly 1,000 businesses are taking part in the campaign, allowing their staff to start and end work earlier than usual, or work from home.

During the hour from 7:50 am to 8:50 am, more than 76,000 passengers use the line, doubling the number of people the train was originally designed to comfortably serve.

Trains on the line operate at 199 percent capacity, which is still considered safe, but means passengers are packed so tightly that they would have difficulty moving their bodies or limbs.


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