Kūkō Line (Fukuoka City Subway)

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     Kūkō Line
Fukuokasubway2000.jpg
2000 series train
Overview
Type Rapid transit
Locale Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Termini Meinohama
Fukuokakūkō
Stations 13
Operation
Opening July 26, 1981
Owner Fukuoka City Subway
Depot(s) Meinohama
Rolling stock 1000 series, 2000 series, etc.
Technical
Line length 13.1 km (8.1 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC overhead catenary
Operating speed 75 km/h (45 mph)
from Karatsu : Chikuhi Line
0.0 Meinohama
Muromi River
1.5 Muromi
Muromi River
2.3 Fujisaki
3.4 Nishijin
Hī River
4.6 Tōjinmachi
5.4 Ōhorikōen
6.5 AkasakaYakuin-Ōdōri
Tenjin Ōmuta Line
Yakuin
Watanabe-dōri
7.3 TenjinNanakuma Line
Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) / Tenjin-Minami
Yakuin New River
Naka River
Hakata River
8.1 Nakasu-Kawabata
GofukumachiHakozaki Line
9.1 Gion
Kagoshima Main Line
Sanyō Shinkansen
9.8 Hakata
Mikasa River
11.0 Higashi-Hie
13.1 Fukuokakūkō (Airport)
Fukuokakūkō (Airport) Station

The Kūkō Line (空港線 Kūkō-sen?, "Airport Line") is a subway line, part of the Fukuoka City Subway system in Fukuoka, Japan. It connects Meinohama, Nishi Ward to Fukuokakūkō (Fukuoka Airport), Hakata Ward, all within Fukuoka. The line's color on maps is red. Officially, the line is called Line 1 (Kūkō Line) (1号線(空港線) Ichi-gō-sen (Kūkō-sen)?). The line has a through service with JR Chikuhi Line. Like other Fukuoka City Subway lines, stations are equipped with automatic platform gates, and trains are automatically operated by ATO system. However, JR train cars (from Chikuhi Line) are operated manually.

This is the only subway line in Japan that directly links to an airport. Although Toei Asakusa Line trains in Tokyo also serve airports (Narita and Haneda), those are not the stations of the Asakusa Line itself. Rather, they are the stations of suburban lines that the Asakusa Line has through services with.

The Kūkō Line goes through many important areas of the city, namely Nishijin, Tenjin, Hakata, and the airport. As such, this is the most heavily used subway line in Fukuoka.

Stations[edit]

Station name Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
Through service to/from JR Chikuhi Line, further to/from JR Karatsu Line.
Meinohama 姪浜 0 Chikuhi Line Nishi Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Muromi 室見 1.5 Sawara
Fujisaki 藤崎 2.3
Nishijin 西新 3.4
Tōjinmachi 唐人町 4.6 Chūō
Ōhorikōen 大濠公園 5.4
Akasaka 赤坂 6.5
Tenjin 天神 7.3 Nanakuma Line (Tenjin-minami)
Tenjin-Ōmuta Line (Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) )
Nakasu-Kawabata 中洲川端 8.1 Hakozaki Line 1 Hakata
Gion 祇園 9.1
Hakata 博多 9.8 Kyushu Shinkansen, Kagoshima Main Line, Sasaguri Line (Fukuhoku Yutaka Line)
Hakata Minami Line, Sanyō Shinkansen
Higashi-Hie 東比恵 11.0
Fukuokakūkō (Airport) 福岡空港 13.1
1: Through service to/from Kūkō Line.

Rolling stock[edit]

Fukuoka Subway[edit]

JR Kyushu[edit]

A fleet of six new 305 series 6-car electric multiple unit (EMU) commuter trains is scheduled to be introduced on through services to and from the Chikuhi Line from February 2015.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JR九州 筑肥線に305系通勤型直流電車投入" [JR Kyushu to introduce 305 series DC commuter trains on Chikuhi Line]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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