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Odakyu Odawara Line
The Odakyū Odawara Line (小田急小田原線, Odakyū Odawara Sen) is the Odakyū Electric Railway's main section of railway line. Running between Shinjuku in the west of Tokyo and the city of Odawara, it is a major commuter line and is also well-known for its express services such as the Romance Car train to popular resorts such as Hakone.
Currently the section of line between Setagaya-Daita and Kitami is being upgraded from 2 to 4 tracks to improve capacity and separate local and express trains. This work involves moving the tracks to a new, raised viaduct to eliminate level-crossings, which has caused opposition among residents living near the line. Also, work on the section between Yoyogi-Uehara and Setagaya-Daita has not yet begun due to the complexity of construction and difficulties acquiring land around Shimo-Kitazawa, as a result of which this area remains a bottle-neck.
The romance car is the premium car (limited express train) of Odakyu. The name come from romance seats, two-person seats without separating armrests when one-person seats were a norm. some romance cars are equipped with common seats separating armrests.
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