JR Tōzai Line

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     JR Tōzai Line
JRW series207 Tozai.jpg
207 series EMU
Overview
Type commuter rail
System Urban Network
Locale Osaka
Amagasaki, Hyogo
Termini Kyobashi
Amagasaki
Stations 9
Operation
Opening March 8, 1997
Owner Kansai Rapid Railway Co., Ltd.
Operator(s) JR West
Rolling stock 207 series EMU
321 series EMU
Technical
Line length 12.5 km (7.8 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead lines
Operating speed 90 km/h (56 mph)

The JR Tōzai Line (JR東西線 Jei-āru Tōzai-sen?) is one of several commuter rail lines and services in the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto Metropolitan Area, operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The line, whose name literally means "east-west", runs underground through central Osaka and connects the Gakkentoshi Line at Kyobashi Station in Osaka and the JR Takarazuka Line and the JR Kobe Line at Amagasaki. All stations on this line are in the city of Osaka, except for the western terminus in Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture.

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All trains make local stop at every station on the line. Some trains terminate at Amagasaki, but most westbound trains continue on the Kobe Line to Nishi-Akashi and on the Takarazuka Line to Tsukaguchi and Takarazuka. All eastbound trains continue past Kyobashi on the Gakkentoshi Line.

History[edit]

The line was initially proposed in 1971 by Japanese National Railways (JNR) as a link between the Katamachi Line, which connected Osaka to its eastern suburbs, and Fukuchiyama Line, which connected the city to its northwestern suburbs. Osaka's municipal government had maintained tight controls over transportation within the city, and most intercity lines terminated outside the city center. The line, provisionally known as Katafuku Line (片福線?, Kata- from Katamachi, -fuku from Fukuchiyama), and would give commuters a single-seat ride from the suburbs and an east-west connection through central Osaka.

A permit to lay the track was given 10 years later, but the project stopped because of JNR's financial problems.

In 1988, after JNR privatized and split into Japan Railway companies, West Japan Railway Company formed a private-public entity called Kansai Rapid Railway Co., Ltd. (関西高速鉄道株式会社 Kansai kōsoku tetsudō kabushiki gaisha?) with the prefectural governments of Osaka and Hyōgo, and the cities of Osaka and Amagasaki.

The line was completed and opened as JR Tozai Line in 1997.

Stations[edit]

Station Transfers Location
Through train service to Katamachi Line (Gakkentoshi Line)
Kyobashi 京橋 Osaka Loop Line
Keihan Main Line
Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line (N22)
Joto-ku Osaka
Ōsakajō-kitazume 大阪城北詰 Miyakojima-ku
Osaka-Temmangu 大阪天満宮 Sakaisuji Line (T21: Minami-morimachi Station), Tanimachi Line (K13: Minami-morimachi Station) Kita-ku
Kitashinchi 北新地 Tōkaidō Main Line (JR Kyoto Line, JR Kobe Line, JR Takarazuka Line), Osaka Loop Line (Osaka Station)
Yotsubashi Line (Y11: Nishi-Umeda Station), Midōsuji Line (M16: Umeda Station), Tanimachi Line (T20: Higashi-Umeda Station)
Hankyū Kōbe Line, Hankyu Kyoto Line, Hankyu Takarazuka Line (Umeda Station)
Hanshin Main Line (Umeda Station)
Keihan Nakanoshima Line (Watanabebashi Station)
Shin-Fukushima 新福島 Osaka Loop Line (Fukushima Station)
Hanshin Main Line (Fukushima Station)
Keihan Nakanoshima Line (Nakanoshima Station)
Fukushima-ku
Ebie 海老江 Hanshin Main Line (Noda Station)
Sennichimae Line (S11: Nodahanshin Station)
Mitejima 御幣島 Nishiyodogawa-ku
Kashima 加島 Yodogawa-ku
Amagasaki 尼崎 Tōkaidō Main Line (JR Kobe Line), Fukuchiyama Line (JR Takarazuka Line) Amagasaki,
Hyōgo Prefecture
Through train services to Tōkaidō Main Line (JR Kobe Line) and Fukuchiyama Line (JR Takarazuka Line)

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