Tokyo’s Keio Railway have announced plans for a new commuter train with a seat reservation system to be launched in 2018. For an extra fee passengers will be able to reserve seating on the train during the busiest commuter periods.
The reservation system will be introduced on trains traveling from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station to Keio Hachioji and Hashimoto Stations during the evening rush hour. Seats in the carriages will be adaptable, so that they can be arranged lengthwise during the day, and then in forward facing pairs during the reserved seat evening commute. LCD information screens will be installed above the doors, and also from the central ceiling, so that they can be easily seen by all passengers. In addition there will be free Wi-Fi, power sockets for each seat, and space provided for wheelchairs and strollers. [Read more…]