Tokyo, March 3 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s transport ministry said Tuesday that all of the country’s Shinkansen bullet trains will create spaces for wheelchair users.
The ministry will conduct tests by summer and work out the details, such as the size of such spaces.
It unveiled the plan as part of a basic policy for making the trains barrier-free.
In the tests, new spaces will be created by removing existing seats designated for wheelchair users or other means.
Wheelchair users will be able to remain seated on the bullet trains and enjoy outside views by the window.
The spaces will be large enough so that wheelchairs do not protrude into the aisle.
Seats for caregivers will be discussed shortly.
Online reservations for seats designated for wheelchair users will become possible. Even if no reservations are made, seats will be secured for them without being sold for general passengers until the day before travel.
The basic policy was compiled by a study group at the ministry that includes representatives from Shinkansen operators and groups of people with disabilities.