Tokyo Metro Is Offering Free Noodles to Commuters Who Use Off-Peak Subway Lines

Jan 21, 2019

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In an effort to relieve some of the overcrowding on the Tokyo metro, commuters who take subway lines outside of morning peak hours are being rewarded with free soba noodles and tempura.

With about 7.2 million people using the Tokyo’s metro system daily, it’s no surprise that it’s perhaps known best for “the crush” — or the effect of being so squished into one cart of a train that passengers can’t move their bodies or limbs. Now, the Tokyo Metro is taking steps to relieve the unpleasant overcrowding by targeting Tozai line passengers, which is one of the network’s most crowded routes, with free tempura and soba noodles for taking earlier trains.

“This is our most congested line. We are always trying to ease the rush hour congestion,” Takeshi Yamashita, a Tokyo Metro spokesman told AFP. “We hope this will encourage people to continue (taking early trains) to help ease the rush hour situation.”

The challenge is running from Jan. 21 until Feb. 1 and goes as follows: If a minimum of 2,000 commuters take an earlier train between these dates, they’ll receive free tempura. If 2,500 do, they’ll get free soba noodles. And, finally, if 3,000 commuters take earlier trains to work, they’ll receive a bowl of free tempura and soba.

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