Blue Line (Yokohama)

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Blue Line
Subway Yokohama Blue-Vector.svg
Yokohama Subway 3000 Kannai 20071103.JPG
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]

  • Local trains stop at all stations.
  • Rapid trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|".
Line Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Transfers Location
3 Azamino あざみ野 0.0 Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line Aoba-ku, Yokohama
Nakagawa 中川 1.5 Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama
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-ku, Yokohama
Kita Shin-yokohama 北新横浜 9.6
Shin-Yokohama 新横浜 10.9 Tokaido Shinkansen, Yokohama Line
Kishine-kōen 岸根公園 12.5
Katakurachō 片倉町 13.7 Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama
Mitsuzawa-kamichō 三ツ沢上町 15.6
Mitsuzawa-shimochō 三ツ沢下町 16.5
Yokohama 横浜 17.9 Tokaido Main Line, Yokosuka Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Negishi Line, Keikyu Main Line, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Sagami Railway Main Line, Minatomirai Line Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Takashimachō 高島町 18.8
Sakuragichō 桜木町 20.0 Negishi Line Naka-ku, Yokohama
Kannai 関内 20.7 Negishi Line
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Isezakichōjamachi 伊勢佐木長者町 21.4
Bandōbashi 阪東橋 22.3 Minami-ku, Yokohama
Yoshinochō 吉野町 22.8
Maita 蒔田 23.9
Gumyōji 弘明寺 25.0
Kami-Ōoka 上大岡 26.6 Keikyu Main Line Kōnan-ku, Yokohama
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-ku, Yokohama
Totsuka 戸塚 33.0 Tokaido Main Line, Yokosuka Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line
Odoriba 踊場 34.7 Izumi-ku, Yokohama
Nakada 中田 35.6
Tateba 立場 36.7
Shimoiida 下飯田 38.8
Shōnandai 湘南台 40.4 Odakyu Enoshima Line, Sagami Railway Izumino Line Fujisawa, Kanagawa

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.

Future developments[edit]

From July 2015, limited-stop "Rapid" services are scheduled to be introduced on the line, with approximately two services operating per hour during the daytime off-peak. Journey times over the entire length of the line are expected to be reduced by up to 10 minutes from the 1 hour 7 minutes taken by all-stations services.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 横浜市営地下鉄ブルーラインに快速 7月から [Rapid trains on Yokohama Subway Blue Line from July]. Asahi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). Japan: The Asahi Shimbun Company. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 

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