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July 3, 2008
Troubled Train -- Brand-New Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
It's been a few weeks since the Tokyo's newest subway line, Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, started operation in mid June. But the brand-new metro has series of troubles since its opening, due to several -- but very basic technical -- reasons.
I went to Shibuya today and I thought of taking the notorious line on the way back home. It was my first time to take the line as I have several other ways go back home by trains. But I had some time to kill... so I decided to try something new, even if I don't have to take the train at all.
But that was a mistake. When I went down to the platform of the Fukutoshin Line at Shibuya Terminal, I heard the in-station announcement that warned us to take "Detours" instead of taking the brand-new line. As somebody threw oneself in front of a train at Tokorozawa Station, more than 40km away from Shibuya, the time schedule was totally disrupted so that train cars were all stuck at each stations.
"We're sorry but we have no idea when we will be able to run the next train from hire (Shibuya) to Ikebukuro. Please take other transportations, such as the JR Yamanote Line..." The voice of the announcement tried to pursuade us, or rather urged us to get out of the Fukutoshin Line station for faster and more convenient transportations.
Still, I spent another 10-15 min. for the subway line to restart the operation, but in vein. However, I recognized that if I take the Yamanote Line from the upper level of the station, it won't take more than 15 min. to go back to Iidabashi...
OK... I thought of taking a detour from Shibuya to my house to experience something new, but I will go back home as usual, if you (Station Master) says so!
Finally, I made up my mind to follow the kind advice of the station master. At the gate, he gave us a free transfer ticket (one for each person, of course) and I managed to go back home within 15 min. It was so easy to bring everthing back in order when I gave up taking the brand-new Metro line.
Well...No Adventure Today!