Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken in Honkomagome of Bunkyo-ku. This is a bus station of the community bus. This route was carried out in April, 2007, and circulates through the area in Sendagi, Komagome, Hakusan, and Korakuen in Bunkyo-ku. The seating accommodation of a bus is with 14 and a capacity is 41 person's small bus. This is the reason for a small bus is used from a user's little and passing through narrow roads in many cases. The interval of bus station is comparatively short and is well used as a local resident's leg focusing on the old person. A charge is cheap, so both of an adult and a child are 100 yen regardless of distance. Operation generally operates at intervals of 20 minutes from 7:00 of a morning to 8:00 of night. This is a round system while a general bus on a regular route runs the starting point and a terminal point in both directions. Recently, such community buses have been increasing in number also rural areas besides Tokyo. Many self-governing body have entrusted management to the private sector contractor. Generally, it's called a community bus which the municipal corporation is participating in operation in a certain form for the purpose of the improvement in convenience of traffic of elderly people and a physically handicapped person, etc., of local residents making it easy to go to a public facility or a medical institution etc.,. Musashino-shi, Tokyo was made into "Mubus" which started operation in 1995, and the forerunner spread all over the country after that.

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