About judgment about Hokkaido Shinkansen parallel conventional line


Regarding matters related to "continuous operation of parallel conventional lines" between Oshamambe and Otaru, which we have continued to consider along with the development of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, income was 4.6 even in 2019 (the first year of Reiwa), when JR Hokkaido had a large income. The operating cost is 2.81 billion yen, which is a deficit of 2.35 billion yen against 100 million yen, and we continue to record a deficit of over 2 billion yen every year. In addition, if we try to maintain parallel conventional lines in the future, it is estimated that an initial investment of over 15.2 billion yen will be required, and if we operate for 30 years, the total deficit will exceed 86.4 billion yen. It is expected.
The Hakodate Main Line, which has contributed to the development of Hokkaido, has a history of pioneering Niseko Town and the history of life in the town. I think that there are many people who think that way.
However, considering the economic situation and the possibility of alternative transportation in a comprehensive manner today, we believe that it is impossible to impose a large burden on future generations any more.
Based on these circumstances, we have determined that it is unavoidable to abolish parallel conventional lines and switch to bus conversion, so I would like to report this.
January 28, 2022
Niseko Town Katayama

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