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Mate, compared to Tokyo, the Boso area doesn’t have much in the way of trains. There’s maybe…3 lines? The Sotobo, the Uchibo and I believe there’s one cutting across the middle to join the two (not sure about that). To get around Chiba in general south of Narita you need a car because the train coverage isn’t that good.
Also, the bus from Kimitsu to Tokyo station (using the tunnel) is only $15 so it’s really not that bad considering the time saved.
There really aren’t enough commuters from that area of Chiba that travel to Tokyo to make a train line viable. Then again, it might be a question of build and they will come (it probably would encourage a few to live in the Boso area).
I’m reading a bit more into why they decided to do what they did, but I suspect it had little to do with transporting people more than goods. Maybe there were constraints at the time when planning started in 70s that stopped a development like a railway.