Hokkaido Utilities, Transport Services Recovering

Hokkaido utilities, transport services recovering

Public utilities and transportation are slowly being restored in Hokkaido following widespread power outages in the wake of a strong earthquake on Thursday.

Hokkaido Electric Power Company says power has been restored to about 40 percent of homes.

More than 38,000 households are still without water.

It's meant long lines at water stations that were set up following the quake.

Public transportation is also slowly returning to normal.
Shinkansen bullet trains are running again.

The Hokkaido Railway Company says all express trains connecting major cities in Hokkaido will remain stopped on Friday, and it's unclear when other local train services will start again.

The city of Sapporo says its municipal subway service will restart before long, and its streetcars have already started operating again.

With many expressways still partially closed, inter-city express bus services will remain suspended. Some local buses, though, are running again.

Flight operations have resumed at New Chitose Airport after power was restored to its terminal building.

Train services to the airport from Sapporo are also being reestablished.