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Okinawa Expressway to stay ‘toll free' as program expands

Date Posted: 2011-02-11

An experimental ‘toll free' program for many of Japan's expressways, as well as the Okinawa Expressway, is likely to continue in the new fiscal year as the Transport Ministry announces plans to extend the project to another 330 kilometers of roadway.

The ministry is expected to add six sections to the trial program in fiscal year 2011, while maintaining the existing program that covers 1,652 kilometers, including the Okinawa Expressway. Government officials are now reviewing traffic conditions and other factors as they finalize the revamped project.

Sections of the Doto Expressway in Hokkaido and the Miyazaki Expressway in the southern prefecture are to be included in the 10-month toll-free program. The ministry will also launch a seven-month nighttime toll-free program in June for medium and large trucks equipped with electronic toll collection devices on mainland expressways. That program will be conducted in five expressway sections covering a total of 1,500 kilometers, including the entire Hokuriku Expressway that runs through five prefectures in central Japan.

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