Parcel delivery services to be tested on Tokyo Metro

Tokyo Metro will test the possibility of using its empty trains to transport parcels underneath the city, freeing up the capital’s heavily congested roads and reduce souring pollution levels.

Starting this fall, the railway firms involved will load parcels onto deadhead trains, trains that are being moved from one station to another to then transport passengers. The move by Tokyo Metro Co. will be in partnership with other transport firms, including Yamto Transport, Sagawa Express and Japan Post Co.

Once the trains have arrived in downtown Tokyo, the parcels will then be transferred to trucks near major stations and then delivered to their final destinations. All three major stations being used are near Ginza, one of the biggest shopping areas in Japan.

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