What’s in a minute? Well, according to JR-East (East Japan Railway Company) a whole heck of a lot. The company that gave Japan its world renowned bullet train has been hard at work for the past two years trying to shave off one literal minute from the commute between Ueno to Omiya. Think of what you could do with that extra time!
Japan’s bullet trains are a marvel of modern technology, and a consistent beacon for what fast and reliable mass transportation should and could look like the world over, so it’s no surprise that JR-East is looking to become even more efficient simply from a status perspective. However, their dedication to the task of increasing the speed of the train between Ueno and Omiya from 110km per hour to 130km per hour is also a simple profit consideration. The faster you can move, the more paying customers you can transport over the course of the day, after all.
JR-East has not only worked to move faster, but also address the main concerns which led to its trains’ speed being limited – the potential increase in noise and vibration for the surrounding communities. By adding more sound absorbing panelling, the company hopes it’ll have a solution which works for everyone involved.
Now, what does any of this have to do with those of us dealing with less speedily-inclined service providers? Nothing, directly, but isn’t it nice to look at what the other kids are building?