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Tosaden Kōtsū

Type 100 tramcar, known as "Heartram"
Kōchi-Ekimae Station
Anpanman tram

Tosaden Kōtsū (とさでん交通) is a transportation company in Kōchi, Kōchi, Japan. The private company operates tram and bus lines.

The company was established on October 1, 2014 by merging the businesses of Tosa Electric Railway (土佐電気鉄道 Tosa Denki Tetsudō), a tram and bus company, as well as its subsidiary Tosaden Dream Service (土佐電ドリームサービス), a bus company, and Kōchiken Kōtsū (高知県交通), a bus company.[1][2]

History

Tosa Electric Railway was founded on July 8, 1903, while the tram line was opened on May 2, 1904. The company also operated heavy railway line called Aki Line (安芸線), but it was closed in 1974. The company was commonly known as Toden (土電) among locals, while people in other prefectures tend to call it Tosaden (土佐電), as the word Toden can be confusing with Tokyo Metropolitan Tramway, which was commonly called Toden (都電).

Tosa Electric Railway and Kōchiken Kōtsū introduced DESUCA, a smart card ticket system, from January 2009.

In June 2014, the shareholders of Tosa Electric Railway and Kōchiken Kōtsū, both in the state of insolvency, approved the reconstruction plan, under which the companies' businesses be transferred to the newly established company funded by Kōchi Prefecture and other 12 municipalities.[3] The name of the company was selected from 1,235 proposals from the public.[4]

Tram lines

There are three lines with 76 stations, covering a total distance of 25.3 km. It is the second longest tram network in Japan, after Hiroshima Electric Railway. The network in Kōchi, however, has suffered from declining ridership since the 1960s. The company painfully strives by introducing newly built stations and cars, without much success. The Government of Kōchi Prefecture, as well as that of Kōchi City are considering plans to support the company.

Lines

  • Sanbashi Line: Kōchi-Ekimae — Harimayabashi — Sambashidōri-Gochōme
  • Ino Line: Harimayabashi — Ino
    • Most tramcars directly continue to Gomen Line.
  • Gomen Line: Harimayabashi — Gomenmachi
    • Most tramcars directly continue to Ino Line.

Connections

Bus lines

The company operates long-distance buses linking Kōchi City and major cities of Japan, including Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka. It also operates a local network in/around the city.

See also

References

  1. ^ Tosaden Kōtsū. "「とさでん交通」として再スタートしました". Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "土佐電気鉄道と高知県交通の歴史に幕 とさでん交通がきょう発足". The Kochi Shimbun. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "とさでん交通が発足 高知、経営統合で新会社". Sankei. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kusamachi, Yoshikazu (August 13, 2014). "土佐電鉄と高知県交通の統合新会社は「とさでん交通」に". Response. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 

External links

  • Official website (Japanese)


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