The number of passengers has decreased due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, and major private railway companies in the Tokyo metropolitan area, whose business performance is sluggish, are considering raising fares one after another.

Approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is required to raise the price, and Keio Electric Railway is considering raising the fare during the next fiscal year at the earliest in the latter half of next year.

This is because the railway business is in the red due to the spread of the new corona infection, and the business performance is not expected to recover as much as before due to the spread of telework even after the infection has subsided.

Tokyu Corporation has already received approval and will raise the regular fare by an average of 13% from March next year.

There is also a movement to use a system that can raise the cost of safety measures such as platform doors to prevent falls without approval.

Tokyo Metro, Tobu Railway, and Seibu Railway are expected to raise the price by about 10 yen per ride from next spring.

Odakyu Electric Railway and Sagami Railway are also considering raising prices under the same system, and private railway companies in the Tokyo metropolitan area are moving toward price increases one after another.