Press Release: Tokyo 2016 Transport Plans Get Green Light with Opening of New Metro Line
Tokyo, 16 June 2008 - Tokyo 2016 continued its drive to deliver ultra-efficient and environmentally-friendly transport links to proposed Games venues on 13 June when Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara officially opened an important 13th line for the city's Metro system.
In keeping with the TOKYO 2016 vision of an Olympic and Paralympic Games at the heart of its vibrant city life, the new Fukutoshin line was inaugurated in front of more than 600 guests at the central Shinjuku-sanchome station. Linking Tokyo's city centre with three planned Tokyo 2016 venues: the Kasumigaoka National Stadium, Yoyogi National Stadium and Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the line began service on Saturday and will help minimise traffic congestion and carbon emissions in bustling parts of inner Tokyo, as well as contributing to rapid transit for Games visitors.
With 95% of venues and facilities located within an eight km radius of the new Olympic Stadium at Tokyo Bay and the Olympic Village, the compact Tokyo 2016 Games concept would see the city itself become an Olympic Park, with its best hotels, restaurants, shops and cultural attractions all within easy access for visitors. By 2016, Tokyo will also sport 1,000 hectares of new greenery, establishing a harmony between urban living and the natural environment for the enjoyment of current and future generations, and potentially the Olympic family. Combined with a cutting-edge yet sustainable public transport network, TOKYO 2016 and the Metropolitan Government are committed to making Japan's capital the greenest city of its size in the world.
Dr Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of TOKYO 2016, said:
"Since the introduction of the Shinkansen (bullet train) prior to the 1964 Olympic Games, Tokyo has been renowned for its world-class metropolitan transport system and its vibrant atmosphere. More than 40 years later as we look towards 2016, we are working as hard as ever to enhance our transport infrastructure and are confident that with its ease of access and unique cultural offering, Tokyo will be ready to host the most spectacular Games ever in 2016. The 1964 Olympic Games was not just a sporting celebration, it marked the beginning of a new Golden era in Japan. The 2016 Olympic Games would be just as powerful, providing visitors with a memorable experience and creating a lasting social, economic and environmental legacy for Japan in the 21st Century."
A new part of Shibuya Station, built to serve the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin line and dubbed the 'underground spaceship', was designed by TOKYO 2016 Executive Board member and leading world architect, Tadao Ando. Mr. Ando, who is Chairman of the 'Sea Forest' project which symbolises Tokyo's sustainable transformation, designed Shibuya Station to be environmentally friendly with an open ceiling to circulate air naturally, without the need for air-conditioning. He will bring this innovative, green design to the Grand Design Plan for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
During a Tokyo Games, spectators would be able to travel on all forms of public transport to Olympic events using a special pre-paid electronic card passed over a reader - a technology pioneered in Japan. For added convenience, public transport schedules will be extended during selected periods of the Games.
Tokyo's transport network and infrastructure will undergo further improvements as part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's sweeping ten-year master plan called 'Tokyo's Big Change'. The Plan aims to ensure the city is a world leader for its approach to infrastructure, environment, safety, culture, tourism, industry and sports by 2016.
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