JR East seeks to introduce discounted passes for off-peak commuters in the greater Tokyo area

The headquarters of East Japan Railway Co. is seen in Tokyo’s Shibuya district in this file photo. (Mainichi)

TOKYO – East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) is set to introduce discounted off-peak commuter passes for the greater Tokyo area in March 2023.

Holders of an off-peak pass will be able to use trains in the metropolitan area at cheaper prices outside of weekday morning rush hours. The passes will cost approximately 10% less than current regular passes. They will be valid on 16 sections of railway lines, including the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines. The valid area covers a total of 279 stations centered in the capital and includes Chiba Station in Chiba Prefecture, Omiya Station in Saitama Prefecture, Kurihama Station in Kanagawa Prefecture, and Toride Station. in Ibaraki prefecture.

On September 16, the rail operator asked the Department of Transportation to approve changes to commuter pass fares.

Meanwhile, prices for regular commuter passes will increase by around 1.4% with the introduction of off-peak passes.

(Japanese original by Shotaro Kinoshita, Tokyo City News Department)

Carol N. Valencia