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Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd. is a private company jointly owned by the Japanese government and the Tokyo metropolitan government. It replaced the Teito Rapid Transit Authority commonly Eidan or TRTA, on April 1, 2004. TRTA was administered by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and jointly funded by the national and metropolitan governments. It was formed in 1941, although its oldest lines date back to 1927.The other metro operator in Tokyo is the government of Tokyo, through the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, which operates the Toei system. Metro and Toei trains form completely separate networks. While users of prepaid rail passes can freely interchange between the two networks, regular ticket holders must purchase a second ticket, or a special transfer ticket, to change from a Toei line to a Metro line and vice versa. The Tokyo Metro forms part of one of the most complex public transportation systems in the world. It is extremely well maintained and clean, although some stations on older lines are beginning to show their age. Much effort is made to make the system accessible to non-Japanese speaking users:

Train stops are announced in both English and Japanese. (However, the English announcement repeat the station names in Japaneases, thus making some non-Japanease speaking users hard to understand the announcement) Announcements also provide connecting line information. Ticketing machines can switch between English and Japanese user interfaces. Train stations are signposted in English, Japanese (in kanji and hiragana). Train stations are now also consecutively numbered on each color-coded line, allowing even non-English speakers to be able to commute without necessarily knowing the name of the station. For example, Shinjuku Station on the Marunouchi Line is also signposted as M-08 with the familiar red colored circle surrounding it; Even if a commuter could not read the English or Japanese station names on signs or maps, they can simply look for the red line and then find the appropriately numbered station on said line. Although ticket machines are plentiful at every station, many regular Tokyo Metro commuters purchase Tokyo Metro SF Cards for convenience. These SF (Stored Fare) Cards can be purchased in pre-paid amounts of A\1000, A\3000 and A\5000. These cards can currently be used on most private railways in the Kanto region as well through PASSNET.Tokyo Metro stations will begin accepting PASMO contactless cards in 2007.

The Tokyo Metro is extremely punctual and has regular trains arriving less than five minutes apart most of the day and night. It does not however run 24 hours a day. Lines tend to stop service between midnight and 1:00am and commence again approximately 5:00am.

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