The 1st of January 1946 marks a significant step for transportation routes on the island of Shikoku in post war Japan. Supported by the United States of America; Japan has taken steps to reinstate local transportation links with the foundation of small regional public companies to propose and initiate operation of services.
Shikoku Transport Company, under supervision of the Ministry of Transport (Un'yu-shō) have commenced the operation of three regional bus services utilising imported Flxible Clipper type vehicles constructed in America during the mid-1930s, donated in bulk to the Japanese Ministry of Transport. These comfy 29 seater buses can reach a top speed of 103km/h and are easy to maintain, making it the perfect choice for our initial operation.
Shikoku Transport Company route map.
The initial routes connect the major towns of Takamatsu, Marugame, Kannonji and Kotoshira with villages dotted along coastal roads and run down winding mountain paths. These new routes will make it easier for people to travel into the towns for business or official reasons and possibly even leisure. The services are operated on a for profit basis; despite attempts for a subsidy from the struggling government for services it was made clear that should the service fail to deliver profit, there would be no option but to cease operation, leaving the people of Shikoku with limited travel options.
By: Tintinfan & Oggey. More coming soon! - Note this is an RP and certain elements of Japanese and history may be wrong and are wrong.