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Since the time of the Emperor

Subway in Japan began to build a very long time - it could theoretically become one of the first subway in the world. Well, of course, the very first, he will not be able to, because it seriously ahead of other countries, but the currents in the metro was opened in 1927, which already seems pretty solid date. See for yourself - Metro nearly 90 years, and while he is visited by the greatest number of people every year - data for 2010 show that this year Metro carried more than three billion people! That is for two years, the entire planet could ride on the subway in Tokyo. But this does not mean that the Metro is the largest in the world. No, this is not the largest and oldest subway, he just built so that people prefer to ride on it, and not to use private transport. Look, in the city of Tokyo is home to nearly half of Japan, and the territory is only agglomeration. As a result, the population density is very high, and so much more convenient to use the underground public transport, rather than stuck in traffic, which still take place in this huge city. However, to the subway to work, it was enough to pave the line so that people feel comfortable to ride - map shows that in the subway a lot of intersections and loops, so people can get to the desired point in almost any other point. Even the outskirts of the capital city of Japan can be reached very quickly. The beauty of this is difficult to underestimate the subway, when millions of people every day is not late for work. Every day, 8.5 million people use the metro in Tokyo - a huge number in the world is no more than 20 cities that have population greater than 8 million people, and here only in the subway every day turns out to be so many people.

The country's largest

But why was such a big subway? Looking at a map of Japan, it's easy to assume that the city became the capital because of the convenient geographical location. But Metro has become the largest simply because there are so many small settlements, which gradually began to accede to Tokyo, when the city began to seriously grow and develop. And in order to avoid overloading the highways, the city had to develop its underground. Before the Second World War the city was growing less quickly, but with advances in technology came the jump - and the town began to grow rapidly, including the suburbs began to grow. Thus, the Metro also had to start their further growth. As for the fact that in the Tokyo subway ride can be pretty cheap - it is true, a train ticket cost from 160 to 170 yen. The difference is small, but it is because the two firms owned by Metro, one of which is privately owned and offers a lower price, and the other - the state. Division of Metro allows him to actively develop and give the place and scope for competition, because firms will still want a monopoly, but because the price of the ticket, as can be seen, much less a private company. Part of the Metro was sold to private traders in 2004, followed by the increase in active users of the Tokyo subway.

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