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Compatibility of Suica and PASMO Services to Commence in March 2007
—Will Allow Seamless Use of Public Transport in Tokyo Metropolitan Area—

East Japan Railway Company Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Co., Ltd.
Passnet Bus IC Card K.K.

December 21, 2005

  • East Japan Railway Company (JR East), Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd., Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Co., Ltd., and PASMO K.K. (PASMO), will commence in March 2007 a joint "IC farecard compatibility service" that can be used by passengers traveling between points in their areas of operation.
  • The new service will allow passengers to ride trains and buses operated by JR East, private railway companies, and other operators in the Tokyo metropolitan area using a single IC farecard.
    (See attachment for a list of participating transport companies.)
  • New services, such as a Child SF Card service for children, will be launched in conjunction with the start of the IC farecard compatibility service.
    (See attachment for an overview of the compatibility service.)
  • JR East and PASMO are involved in the "electronic money" (e-money) business through the issuance of prepaid cards. They plan to collaborate in this area as well with the launch in March 2007 an "electronic money compatibility service" that will allow users of both companies' prepaid cards to make purchases with them in stores participating in the other partner's program.*
  • By collaborating in this compatibility service covering the fields of public transport and electronic money, JR East and PASMO will provide consumers with a seamless way to get around and a highly convenient way to pay for purchases in the Tokyo metropolitan area. In this way they hope to contribute to the realization of a new lifestyle for persons who live and work in the Tokyo region.
* Application by PASMO K.K., pending, in accordance with applicable laws.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area IC Farecard—List of Participating Transport Companies

Suica (Train and Bus Operators: 6 Transport Companies)
Saitama New Urban Transit Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Co., Ltd.
East Japan Railway Company
JR Bus Kanto Co., Ltd.
Sendai Airport Transit Co., Ltd.
PASMO (Train Operators: 26 Transport Companies)

IzuHakone Railway Co., Ltd.
Enoshima Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Keio Corporation
Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Keihin Electric Express Railway Co., Ltd.
Saitama Railway Corporation
Sagami Railway Co., Ltd.
Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company
Shin-Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
Seibu Railway Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Tama Intercity Monorail Co., Ltd.
Tokyu Corporation
Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
Transportation Bureau of Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.
Toyo Rapid Railway Co., Ltd.
Hakone Tozan Railway Co., Ltd.
Hokuso-Railway Co., Ltd.
Yurikamome Ltd.
Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company
Transportation Bureau of Yokohama City
Yokohama New Transit Co., Ltd.
Kanto Railway Co., Ltd.
Chiba Urban Monorail Co., Ltd.
Maihama Resort Line
  Introduction date for IC farecard service not yet decided.
PASMO (Bus Operators: 73 Transport Companies)

IzuHakone Railway Co., Ltd.1
Enoshima Electric Railway Co., Ltd.1, 2
Odakyu Bus Co., Ltd.
Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu Co., Ltd.2
Transportation Bureau of Kawasaki City
Kawasaki Tsurumi Rinko Bus Co., Ltd.2
Kanto Bus Co., Ltd.2
Keio Bus Corporation2
Keisei Bus Co., Ltd.2
Keihin Kyuko Bus Co., Ltd.2
Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Sagami Railway Co., Ltd.1, 2
Seibu Bus Co., Ltd.2

Tachikawa Bus Co., Ltd.2
Chibakotsu Co., Ltd.
Tokyu Bus Corporation
Transportation Bureau of Tokyo Metropolitan Government1
Tobu Bus Central Co., Ltd.2
NishiTokyo Bus2
Hakone Tozan Bus Co., Ltd.2
Hitachi Jidosha Kotsu Co., Ltd.
Fujikyuko Co., Ltd.2
Funabashi Shin-Keisei Bus2
Heiwa Kotsu Co., Ltd.2
Yamanashi Kotsu Co., Ltd.
Transportation Bureau of Yokohama City1
1.  Operators will accept IC farecards for both train and bus service.
2.  IC farecards may also be used on lines operated by the following affiliated companies.
  Enoshima Electric Railway (Enoden Bus)
    Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu   (Shonan Kanako Bus, Tsukui Kanako Bus, Yokohama Kanako Bus, Sagami Kanako Bus, Fujisawa Kanako Bus)
    Kawasaki Tsurumi Rinko Bus   (Rinko Green Bus)
    Kanto Bus   (KB Bus)
    Keio Corporation   (Keio-Bus Higashi, Keio-Bus Minami, Keio-Bus Chuo, Keio-Bus Koganei)
    Keisei Bus   (Chiba Chuo Bus, Chiba Kaihin Kotsu, Chiba Narita Bus, Tokyo BayCity Koutsu, Chiba Flower Bus, Chiba Rainbow Bus, Chiba City Bus, Chiba Green Bus, Keisei Town Bus, Keisei Transit Bus, Ichikawa Kotsu Jidosha)
    Keihin Kyuko Bus   (Haneda Keikyu Bus, Yokohama Keikyu Bus, Yokosuka Keikyu Bus)
    Sagami Railway   (Sotetsu Bus)
    Seibu Bus   (Seibu Jidosha, Seibu Kanko Bus)
    Tachikawa Bus   (City Bus Tachikawa)
    Tobu Bus Central   (Asahi Motor Corporation, Ibakyu Motor Corporation, Kokusai Juo Kotsu, Kawagoe Motor Corporation, Tobu Bus East, Tobu Bus West)
    NishiTokyo Bus   (Tama Bus)
    Hakone Tozan Bus   (Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus)
    Fujikyuko   (Fujikyu Shonan Bus, Fuji Express, Fujikyu Yamanashi Bus, Fujikyu Heiwa Kanko, Fujikyu City Bus, Fujikyu Shizuoka Bus)
    Funabashi Shin-Keisei Bus   (Narashino Shin-Keisei Bus, Matsudo Shin-Keisei Bus)
    Heiwa Kotsu   (Danchi Kotsu)
  Introduction of the IC farecard system by bus operators will spread steadily from March 2007 onward. Detailed implementation plans are presently under study by individual operators and will be announced separately once the details have been finalized.
Total 105 Transport Companies (Total 100, when we do not count twice the companies operating both trains and buses.)

Overview of Compatibility Service

I. Main Components of Service
(1)  Use on Trains
Touch the reader on the automatic fare gate with your IC farecard. The fare will be deducted automatically.
  • If you board outside the zone covered by your commuter pass, or ride to a destination outside the covered zone, the additional fare will be calculated and deducted automatically.
(2)  Use on Buses
Touch the reader on the fare box in the bus with your IC farecard. The fare will be deducted automatically.
(3)  Issuance of Commuter Passes
IC farecard commuter passes are available for trains and buses.
  • IC farecard commuter passes are available for routes spanning multiple train operators.
  • IC farecard commuter passes are available from selected bus operators.
(4)  Charging an IC Farecard
You can charge your IC farecard at compatible automatic ticket vending machines in train stations or fare boxes in buses.
  • Value may be added to an IC farecard up to a limit of ¥20,000.
  * The above services apply to multifunction cards such as PASMO, Suica, Monorail Suica, Rinkai Suica, and View Suica Card, and also to Mobile Suica.
  * Commuter pass versions of commemorative farecards or Suica iO cards are not available.
II. New Services to Be Launched Together with Compatibility Service
(1)  Child SF (Stored Fare) Card
  • The Child SF Card is for use by children only. The child's fare is deduced automatically when the Child SF Card is touched on the reader of an automatic fare gate or bus fare box.
  • If the passenger boards outside the zone covered by a child's commuter pass, or rides to a destination outside the covered zone, the additional child's fare will be calculated and deducted automatically.
  • It is necessary to register the user's name, gender, and birth date in order to purchase a Child SF Card.
Note: The term "stored fare" (SF) refers to the monetary value registered on the IC farecard. This value can be used to pay fares, exchanged for passenger tickets, or used as electronic money to make purchases.
(2)  Personal SF Card
  • A Personal SF Card is available. It is necessary to register the user's name, gender, and birth date in order to purchase a Personal SF Card.
  • If a Personal SF Card is lost or stolen, a new card good for the remaining SF balance through the card's expiration date will be issued.
Note: There is a fee for reissuing a lost or stolen Personal SF Card.
(3)  Automatic Recharging Service
  • When the remaining SF balance on your Personal SF Card drops below a predetermined amount, a set amount will be added automatically when you touch the card to the reader on an automatic fare gate. (This service is not available at all stations.)
  • Payment for value added using the automatic recharging service is made via a designated credit card account.
  • The user must have an IC farecard that supports the automatic recharging service.
Note: The automatic recharging service is scheduled to be introduced for the View Suica Card in 2006.
(4)  New Services on Buses
  • We are in the process of constructing a system that will provide customers with discounts proportional to their patronage. The details of its implementation and application are presently under study by individual operators.