Chuo-ku will soon begin investigating the possibility of creating a new subway line to link Tokyo’s bayside areas, including Harumi, to the Ginza district.
The manmade islands are currently going through a construction boom with a number of high-rise apartment towers under construction. The Athletes’ Village for the 2020 Olympics is expected to boost the population by 12,000 after the Olympics are finished and the apartments are made available to the public.
A bus rapid transit (BRT) system is currently planned for the islands, but local residents are pressing for a subway line. The route could possibly extend towards Daiba and Ariake. These two areas are currently serviced by the Rinkai and Yurikamome Lines.
Source: The Tokyo Shimbun, February 7, 2014.