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September 17, 2020
Bureau of Urban Development

Initial Tokyo BRT services start!
~Connecting the city center and the Rinkai area~

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the initial services for the Tokyo BRT were postponed from the original start date in early May. The services will now begin on October 1.

※Disease control measures will be taken on the initial BRT services based on the guidelines published by the Nihon Bus Association on measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Overview of the initial services

(1)Start date

Thursday, October 1, 2020
※No opening ceremonies or other events will be held to mark the start date.


Keisei Bus Co., Ltd.


Toranomon Hills – Shimbashi – Harumi BRT Terminal <see attachment(PDF:607KB)>

(4)Service frequency and vehicles

  1. Service frequency: Peak hours on weekdays – 6 times an hour. Weekends, holidays and off-peak hours on weekdays – 4 times an hour.
    ※ The timetable is due to be published by the operator soon.
  2. Vehicles:
    (Standalone buses) Fuel cell vehicles, etc.
    (Articulated buses) Diesel-hybrid vehicles.

About Tokyo BRT

The BRT connects Tokyo and the Rinkai area, coming in swift response to the rise in demand for transport between central Tokyo and the Rinkai area. It is a new form of public transport that will support the development of Tokyo’s localities.

  • About BRT
    ”BRT” is an abbreviation of “Bus Rapid Transit.” Through articulated buses, the IC card system, and improvements to roads, BRT possesses transport capabilities that can rival trams. Furthermore, BRT points towards an urban transport system that places flexible buses at its base.
  • About Tokyo BRT, connecting the city center with the Rinkai area

This press release is also available in other languages. (日本語English中文한국어)

Inquiries(in Japanese only)
Transportation Planning and Coordination Team
Transportation Planning Section
Urban Infrastructure Division
Bureau of Urban Development
Phone: 03-5388-3304

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