JR West will release new coupon typed express tickets for commuters from Fukuyama and Shin-Kurashiki to Okayama. “Morning 500” (モーニング500), which is priced at 500 yen per a trip, is for commuters from Fukuyama to Okayama and “Morning 300” (モーニング300), priced at 300, is for commuters from Shin-Kurashiki to Okayama. Commuters having magnetic commuter passes can take Hikari and Kodama trains in the morning with these tickets.
On the subject of Doctor Yellow, a high speed test train on Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen, we tried to estimate its operational schedules for this month of December 2017. Because the Doctor Yellow’s testing “date” and “day” have some biases, we can calculate and estimate the testing schedules with the biases of prior testing dates and days.
The antenna installation work in tunnels of Kyushu Shinkansen for the verbal and data communication over mobile phones are progressing. From December 1, mobile communications through NTT DoCoMo, KDDI (au) and Softbank (including Y! mobile), and MVNO over these networks will be available in three tunnels between Shin-Tosu and Shin-Omuta.
JR Kyushu will release two types of unlimited-ride tickets for the coming new year. One is Hatsunori Otoshidama Norihodai Ticket (初乗り！ お年玉乗り放題きっぷ), and the other is Ganjitsu Kyushu Hatsutabi Ticket (元日九州初旅きっぷ). The former allows unlimited travel by local train services on whole of JR Kyushu lines and the latter by Kyushu Shinkansen, other limited express and local train services.
JR Kyushu will releas “Gachi Ticket” (ガチきっぷ) again for the winter and spring travel. This ticket allows a one-way trip by Kyushu Shiknansen and local limited express train’s no-reservation seats. The travelers must be 18-24 year old.