Tokyo to Set Up a Trial Program to Ease Traffic Congestion during the Olympic Games

More than a year before the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, hundreds of thousands of Japanese and foreign sports enthusiasts are already looking forward to personally witness the said multi-national sporting event which will be held across major cities Japan. One of the many aspects that the Japanese government have to deal with in order to ensure public safety as well as the smooth flow of the Olympic games is the traffic congestion.


Approximately, there are eight million commuters per day in the Tokyo metropolitan area alone, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are expected to attract an additional six hundred fifty thousand local and international spectators to the area between July 24 to September 6, 2020.


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In order to address this matter, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government personnel, in coordination with the Olympic games organizing committee seeks to conduct an extensive and far-reaching test that will cut down the number of passengers and commuting public. This will help find a solution to minimize vehicle congestion during the Tokyo Olympics.


The said test will encompass a staggered schedule for commuting and teleworking. Private commercial establishments are also asked to participate by encouraging their employees who go to work through public transportation to cooperate with the schedule provided by the government. Furthermore, traffic controls will be set up on various road networks which include the Metropolitan Expressway.


In this regard, more than fifty thousand workers who are currently employed with Fujitsu Ltd. companies and around thirty four thousand employees at NEC Corp. are willing to actively participate in the test or trial program. These are just two among the three thousand companies with six hundred thousand registered employees nationwide who are urged to join the testing phase which will be conducted between July 22 to September 6, 2019.


After conducting the trial program to minimize traffic congestion, government authorities will then review the outcome of the test to aid them in considering whether supplemental traffic measures will be necessary.


Reference: Large-scale test to cut passenger, vehicle congestion during 2020 Games to be carried out from next week


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