The East Japan Railway plans to fully resume services on the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train line by April 30.
Some sections of the 443-mile bullet train line remain closed in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeastern part of the country March 11.
The full resumption of services on the line marks significant progress in efforts to restore the nation’s transport infrastructure, including 90 percent of the conventional main railway lines and 100 percent of roads, airports and ports.
The bullet train line runs through the northeastern Japanese region of Tohoku, linking Tokyo station in the Japanese capital with Shin-Aomori station in Aomori Prefecture on the northern tip of the main Japanese island of Honshu. It also serves Fukushima station near the nuclear power plant and Sendai station near that city’s port.
A consortium of several Japanese companies including the East Japan Railway has expressed an interest in participating in California's rapid transit railway project. The consortium plans to propose using JR East's Shinkansen bullet trains on 620 miles of track between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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