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Easier Travel on Kanto Area Trains and Buses, with One IC Card

Passnet Card issuing operators
Bus Kyotsu Card issuing operators
Suica Card issuing operators

April 13, 2004

The railway and bus companies using "Passnet Cards", "Bus Kyotsu Cards" and "Suica Cards" have agreed to develop an IC card that can be used on all member transport operators in the Kanto Region.

To achieve this, companies currently issuing the "Passnet Card" or "Bus Kyotsu Card" will employ the system to allow introduction of their own IC cards.

Implementation of IC cards that can be used mutually throughout the Kanto region will begin in FY 2006 and expanded as each participating company's systems are completed.

  • "The Passnet Card" is a magnetic stored-fare card which can be used interchangeably on major public and private railways in the Kanto area.
  • "The Bus Kyotsu Card" is a magnetic stored-fare card which can be used on many buses in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba Prefectures.
  • "The Suica card" is an IC stored-fare or commuter pass card which can be used on JR East in the Kanto area and on the Tokyo Monorail and Tokyo Waterfront Railway.
Passnet Card, Bus Kyotsu Card, Suica Card
Passnet Card issuing operators (23)
Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. Keio Electric Railway Co., Ltd. Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Keihin Electric Express Railway Co., Ltd. Saitama Railway Corporation SAGAMI RAILWAY Co., Ltd.
Shin-Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. Seibu Railway Co., Ltd. Tokyo Tama Intercity Monorail Co., Ltd.
Teito Rapid Transit Authority Tokyu Corporation Transportation Bureau of Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. Toyo Rapid Railway Hakone Tozan Railway Co., Ltd.
Hokuso Rapid Railway Maihama Resort Line Yurikamome Inc.
Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Transportation Bureau of Yokohama City Enoshima Electric Railway Co., Ltd. *1
Yokohama New Transit Corporation *1 Metropolitan Intercity Railway Co. (Scheduled to start service in fall, 2005) *1 Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit *2
*1 (does not issue Passnet Card now) *2 (also issues Suica Card)
Bus Kyotsu Card issuing operators (27)
Enoshima Electric Railway Co., Ltd. Odakyu Bus Co., Ltd. Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu Co., Ltd.
Transportation Bureau of Kawasaki City Kawasaki Tsurumi Rinko Bus Co., Ltd. Kanto Bus Co., Ltd.
Keio Dentetsu Bus Co., Ltd. Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. Keihin Electric Express Railway Co., Ltd.
Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd. SAGAMI RAILWAY Co., Ltd. Shin-Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Seibu Bus Co., Ltd. Tachikawa Bus Co., Ltd. Chiba Kaihin Kotsu Co., Ltd.
Chiba Chuo Bus Co., Ltd. Chiba Nairiku Bus Chiba Rainbow Bus Co., Ltd.
Tokyu Bus Corporation Transportation Bureau of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tokyu BayCity Kotsu
Tobu Bus Central Co., Ltd. NishiTokyo Bus Hakone Tozan Bus Co., Ltd.
Fujikyu Shonan Bus Transportation Bureau of Yokohama City IzuHakone Railway Co., Ltd. * (does not issue this card now)
Suica Card issuing operators (3)
Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Co., Ltd. (also issues Passnet Card)
East Japan Railway Company
Total: 53 operators (of which 7 operate both railway and bus service)
  Passnet Card Bus Kyotsu Card Suica Card
Number of Current Issuers 21 26 3
Area
(As of April 2003)
Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Tochigi, Gunma Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Shizuoka, Yamanashi
Number of Lines in the Area
(As of April 2003)
75 Lines 29 Lines
Passenger Line Network (km)
(As of April 2003)
1,649.9 km 13,827 km 1,430.8 km
Number of Stations
(As of April 2003)
1,098 Stations 481 Stations
Number of Buses
(As of April 2003)
13,096 Buses
Number of Magnetic SF Cards Issued (2002) 82.06 million 30.75 million (iO Cards)
17.90 million
Amount of Sales from Magnetic SF Cards (2002) ¥191.4 billion ¥117.8 billion ¥54.0 billion
Number of IC Card Holders
(As of July 2003)
(Suica) 6.68 million
Amount of Sales from IC Cards/Amount of Charges (2002) ¥104.3 billion
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