Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company

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Logo of Metropolitan Intercity Railway (Tsukuba Express)

The Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company (首都圏新都市鉄道株式会社, Shuto-ken Shin Toshi Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a third-sector railway operating company in Japan. It was established on 15 March 1991 to construct the 58.3 km Tsukuba Express (then known as the Jōban Shinsen) commuter railway line from Akihabara in Tokyo to Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture.[1] The Tsukuba Express line was opened on 24 August 2005.[1]


As of 2013, the company is owned by the following local governments and municipalities.[1]

Entity % share
Ibaraki Prefecture 18.1
Tokyo 17.7
Chiba Prefecture 7.1
Adachi Ward, Tokyo 7.1
City of Tsukuba 6.7
Saitama Prefecture 5.9


  1. ^ a b c Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.

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