Sapporo Cuts Subway Services To Save Power

Sapporo cuts subway services to save power

The city of Sapporo in quake-hit Hokkaido Prefecture is reducing subway and streetcar services to save electricity.

Sapporo began the cuts on Monday as residents and businesses in the prefecture are being asked to meet a power-saving target of 20 percent. Hokkaido's largest thermal power plant is being repaired after it was damaged by Thursday's powerful earthquake.

The city will provide 30 fewer trains a day from 10 AM to 4 PM. The number of streetcars will be reduced from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

A subway passenger says businesses are spearheading the power-saving efforts, and she is also willing to put up with some inconvenience.