Blue Line (Yokohama)

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     Blue Line
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Yokohama Subway 3000 series train at Kannai Station, November 2007
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Yokohama Municipal Subway
Locale Yokohama
Termini Shōnandai
Azamino
Stations 32
Line number 1 & 3
Operation
Opening December 16, 1972
Owner Yokohama Municipal Subway
Depot(s) Kaminagaya, Nippa
Rolling stock 3000 series
Technical
Line length 40.4 km (Line 1: 19.7 km, Line 3: 20.7 km)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 750 V DC, third rail

The Yokohama Blue Line (ブルーライン Burū Rain?) is a 40.4 km (25.1 mi) line in the Yokohama Municipal Subway system of Yokohama, Japan, operated by Yokohama City Transportation Bureau. Line 3 runs from Azamino to Kannai, and Line 1 runs from Kannai to Shōnandai. All the trains join these two lines. This is the second-longest subway line in Japan at 40.4 km after the 40.7 km long Toei Ōedo Line in Tokyo.

Station list[edit]

Station Japanese Distance (from
Azamino Station) (km)
Transfers Location
(Ward)
Line
Azamino あざみ野 0 Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line Aoba 3
Nakagawa 中川 1.5 Tsuzuki
Center Kita センター北 3.1 Green Line (Yokohama Municipal Subway Line 4)
Center Minami センター南 4.0 Green Line (Yokohama Municipal Subway Line 4)
Nakamachidai 仲町台 6.3
Nippa 新羽 8.6 Kōhoku
Kita Shin-yokohama 北新横浜 9.6
Shin-Yokohama 新横浜 10.9 Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Yokohama Line
Kishine-kōen 岸根公園 12.5
Katakurachō 片倉町 13.7 Kanagawa
Mitsuzawa-kamichō 三ツ沢上町 15.6
Mitsuzawa-shimochō 三ツ沢下町 16.5
Yokohama 横浜 17.9 Tōkaidō Main Line, Yokosuka Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Negishi Line, Keikyū Main Line, Tōkyū Tōyoko Line, Sagami Railway Main Line, Minatomirai Line Nishi
Takashimachō 高島町 18.8
Sakuragichō 桜木町 20.0 Keihin-Tōhoku Line & Negishi Line Naka
Kannai 関内 20.7 Keihin-Tōhoku Line & Negishi Line
1
Isezakichōjamachi 伊勢佐木長者町 21.4
Bandōbashi 阪東橋 22.3 Minami
Yoshinochō 吉野町 22.8
Maita 蒔田 23.9
Gumyōji 弘明寺 25.0
Kami-Ōoka 上大岡 26.6 Keikyū Main Line Kōnan
Kōnan-Chūō 港南中央 27.7
Kaminagaya 上永谷 29.4
Shimonagaya 下永谷 30.7
Maioka 舞岡 31.4 Totsuka
Totsuka 戸塚 33.0 Tōkaidō Main Line, Yokosuka Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Odoriba 踊場 34.7 Izumi
Nakada 中田 35.6
Tateba 立場 36.7
Shimoiida 下飯田 38.8
Shōnandai 湘南台 40.4 Odakyū Enoshima Line Fujisawa City

Rolling stock[edit]

Current[edit]

All trains are based at Kaminagaya and Nippa Depots.

Former[edit]

History[edit]

The first section of the line opened between Isezakichōjamachi and Kami-Ōoka on December 16, 1972. The subsequent progress of the line was as follows:

  • September 4, 1976: The line is extended in both directions. It now runs between Kami-Nagaya and Yokohama. Through service begins between lines 1 and 3.
  • March 14, 1985: The line is extended in both directions again. It now runs between Maioka and Shin-Yokohama.
  • May 24, 1987: The line is extended from Maioka to a temporary Totsuka station.
  • August 27, 1989: The permanent Totsuka station opens.
  • March 18, 1993: The line is extended from Shin-Yokohama to Azamino.
  • August 29, 1999: The line is extended from Totsuka to Shōnandai. Shin-Yokohama-Kita station becomes Kita-Shin-Yokohama station.

From fiscal 2014, limited-stop "Express" or "Rapid" services are scheduled to be introduced on the line, with approximately two services operating per hour. Journey times over the entire length of the line are expected to be reduced by 12 minutes from the 1 hour 7 minutes taken by all-stations services.[1]

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