Minatomirai Line

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     Minatomirai Line
Minato Mirai Line Y511 with commemorative plaque.jpg
Y500 series rolling stock featuring a commemorative plaque on the day of the railway's opening
Overview
Type Rapid transit
Locale Yokohama
Termini Yokohama
Motomachi-Chūkagai
Stations 6
Operation
Opening 1 February 2004
Owner Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company
Operator(s) Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company, Tokyu Corporation
Rolling stock Y500 series
Technical
Line length 4.1 km (2.5 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification 1,500 V DC, overhead catenary
Route map
Minatomirai Line Map.svg

The Minatomirai 21 Line (みなとみらい21線 Minato-mirai-21-sen?), commonly known as the Minatomirai Line (みなとみらい線 Minatomirai-sen?), is a subway line of the Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company connecting Yokohama Station to Yokohama Chinatown through the Minato Mirai 21 development.

Service[edit]

Fares on the line range from ¥180 to ¥200. With the exception of the first early-morning train which departs from Yokohama, all Minatomirai Line trains inter-run with the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line, and most offer direct service to/from Shibuya Station. Limited express trains from Shibuya Station to Motomachi-Chūkagai Station take a minimum of 33 minutes.

On special occasions, typically around holidays, the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Namboku Line operate special Minatomirai (みなとみらい号?), formerly known as Yokohama Mirai (横浜みらい号?), direct through services to the Minatomirai Line. From 16 March 2013, the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line also inter-runs to/from the Minatomirai Line.

Although the Minatomirai Line runs entirely underground, it is separate from the Yokohama Municipal Subway, which is operated by the Yokohama City Transportation Bureau.

Stations[edit]

Key:

  • O: stop; |: pass
Station name Local Express Commuter Express Limited Express Transfers
Through-running to/from Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, Seibu Ikebukuro Line, Tobu Tojo Line
Yokohama
O
O
O
O
Tokyu Toyoko Line (through service to Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)

Tōkaidō Main Line, Yokosuka Line, Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Negishi Line, Keikyū Main Line, Sagami Railway Main Line, Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line

Shin-Takashima
O
|
|
|

Minatomirai
O
O
O
O

Bashamichi
O
O
O
|

Nihon-ōdōri
O
O
O
|

Motomachi-Chūkagai
O
O
O
O

Rolling stock[edit]

History[edit]

Construction of the line started in 1993, but due to the need to extensively rework Yokohama station and other difficulties, it took 11 years and 260 billion yen (2.5 billion USD) to complete the line.[citation needed] The line was finally opened to the public on February 1, 2004.

8-car Tokyo Metro 10000 series sets entered revenue service on the Minatomirai Line and Tokyu Toyoko Line from 7 September 2012.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 東京メトロ10000系が東横線・みなとみらい線で営業運転を開始 [Tokyo Metro 10000 series enters revenue service on Tokyu Toyoko and Minato Mirai Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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