Namboku Line (Sapporo)

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     Namboku Line
Subway SapporoNamboku.png
ST SN5000 20061102 001.jpg
5000 series EMU near Minami-Hiragishi Station
Overview
Type Rubber-tyred metro
System Sapporo Municipal Subway
Locale Sapporo, Hokkaidō
Termini Asabu
Makomanai
Stations 16
Operation
Opening 1971
Owner Sapporo City Transportation Bureau
Technical
Line length 14.3 km (8.89 mi)
Electrification 750 V DC (third-rail)

The Namboku Line (南北線 Nanboku-sen?) is a rubber-tyred metro line in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. It is part of the Sapporo Municipal Subway system. Its name literally means South-North Line, and it runs from Asabu Station in Kita-ku to Makomanai Station in Minami-ku. The Namboku Line color on maps is green, and its stations carry the letter "N" followed by a number.

Station list[edit]

  • All stations are located in Sapporo.
Station No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Above/
below ground
Location
Between
stations
Total from Kita-Nijūyo-Jō
N01 Asabu 麻生 - 2.2 Sasshō Line (Shin-Kotoni, G05) Under-
ground
Kita-ku
N02 Kita-Sanjūyo-Jō 北34条 1.0 1.2  
N03 Kita-Nijūyo-Jō 北24条 1.2 0.0  
N04 Kita-Jūhachi-Jō 北18条 0.9 0.9  
N05 Kita-Jūni-Jō 北12条 0.8 1.7  
N06 Sapporo さっぽろ 1.0 2.7 Tōhō Line (H07)
Hakodate Main Line (01)
Chūō-ku
N07 Ōdōri 大通 0.6 3.3 Tōzai Line (T09), Tōhō Line (H08)
Sapporo Streetcar Ichijō Line (Nishi-Yon-Chōme)
N08 Susukino すすきの 0.6 3.9 Sapporo Streetcar Yamahana Line
N09 Nakajima-Kōen 中島公園 0.7 4.6 Sapporo Streetcar Yamahana Line (Yamahana-Ku-Jō)
N10 Horohira-Bashi 幌平橋 1.0 5.6 Sapporo Streetcar Yamahana Line (Seishūgakuen-Mae)
N11 Nakanoshima 中の島 0.5 6.1   Toyohira-ku
N12 Hiragishi 平岸 0.7 6.8  
N13 Minami-Hiragishi 南平岸 1.1 7.9   Above-
ground
N14 Sumikawa 澄川 1.2 9.1   Minami-ku
N15 Jieitai-Mae 自衛隊前 1.3 10.4  
N16 Makomanai 真駒内 1.7 12.1  

History[edit]

  • December 16, 1971: Kita-Nijūyo-Jō – Makomanai section opens; 1000 series trains introduced.
  • March 16, 1978: Kita-Nijūyo-Jō – Asabu section opens; all trains operated as 8-car sets.
  • October 1, 1978: 3000 series trains introduced.
  • October 14, 1994: Reien-Mae Station renamed Minami-Hiragishi Station.
  • September 1995: 5000 series trains introduced.
  • June 27, 1999: 1000/2000 series trains withdrawn.
  • August 18, 2008: Women-only cars introduced on trial basis (until September 12, 2008).
  • December 15, 2008: "Women and Children Comfort Car" introduced.
  • January 30, 2009: SAPICA contactless smart card introduced.

Future developments[edit]

Platform edge doors are scheduled to be installed on all stations by 2014.[citation needed]

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