What is the meaning of "asasaa"?

I’m not sure whether I got that word right. I was in Kagoshima for a few hours before transferring to a Shinkansen to Hiroshima. In a trolley, every time the trolley was departing from a station, the conductor was saying something like “asasaa”. It implies it has something to do with departing, but what is the exact meaning?

発車しま~す, perhaps?

Currently searching YouTube to see if there’s a video with the conductor audible, but YouTube’s been kinda sluggish to load of late, so I might need to get back to you on that.

Edit: Found this video:

Unfortunately, what the conductor says as the tram starts moving is generally obscured by the sound of the driver operating the controls, but it definitely sounds like 発車します to me.


Yes, this is what the Kagoshima tram conductors say, can confirm.

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Yes this is used on trains and buses in Japan.

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