Urban Rail Success Stories
In the 30 million population Tokyo metropolitan area, annual urban rail ridership
is approximately double that of the entire public transport industry in the United States.
Tokyo has one of the world's largest central business districts, with approximately 2.3
million jobs, with an employment density of approximately 150,000 per square mile. The
city of Tokyo, with 8 million residents, has a residential population density of
approximately 40,000 per square mile and the overall population density of the Tokyo
urbanized area has been estimated at 25,000. Each day, an estimated 40 million trips
are taken by urban rail in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Government estimates indicate
that within 30 miles of central Tokyo, 60 percent of passenger movement is by urban
rail. Virtually all rail service is grade separated metro or commuter rail (little or no light
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Source notes: Data from various sources, most notably Janes Urban Transport (multiple editions) and Jeffrey R. Kenworthy and Felix B. Laube, An International Sourcebook of
Automobile Dependence in Cities: 1960 to 1990.
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