A detailed account is given of Tokyo's various transport problems and their causes. The supply of transport in the city is reported to be unable to handle the high level of demand. Increased road congestion in the city centre and the spread of congestion to the suburbs are ascribed to the poor layout of existing roads, to the low road ratio and to the lack of parking facilities. Congestion is considered to be a major cause of the decline in bus patronage. Rush hour trains are reported to be crowded to 2.5 times their normal capacity, despite improvements to the rail network. The rapid population growth, particularly in the suburbs of Tokyo, and the concentration of economic, academic and cultural functions in the city centre, together with the dislocation between production and distribution facilities, are cited as the major causes of the tremendous increases in demand. Environmental problems are discussed in terms of accident rates, lack of pedestrian facilities, air pollution and noise levels. Transport policies in Tokyo are examined, and it is suggested that in the short-term the problem of curtailing or adjusting demand, possibly by shifting transport volumes from one system to another should be investigated. Ultimately it is suggested that a complete change in the structure of the city will be necessary to cope with the growing transport problems. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Toyota Motor Sales Company, Limited

    3-18, 2-chome, Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo 102,   Japan 
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 4-13
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097607
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1981 12:00AM