|Okinawa City Monorail Line|
|Transit type||straddle-beam monorail|
|Number of lines||1|
|Number of stations||15|
|Began operation||August 2003|
|Operator(s)||Okinawa Urban Monorail Incorporated|
|System length||12.8 kilometres|
|Yui Rail - Stations|
The Okinawa City Monorail Line (沖縄都市モノレール Okinawa Toshi Monorēru ), or Yui Rail (ゆいレール Yui Rēru ), is a monorail line in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Operated by Okinawa Urban Monorail Incorporated (沖縄都市モノレール株式会社 Okinawa Toshi Monorēru Kabushiki-gaisha ), it opened on August 10, 2003, and is the only public rail system in Okinawa Prefecture, the first rail line on Okinawa since World War II.
The monorail's "Yui Rail" brand name and logo were selected in a public competition. It comprises 15 stations, from Naha Airport in the west to Shuri (near Shuri Castle) in the east, running through the heart of Naha. The average distance between stations is 0.93 kilometers. It takes 27 minutes and costs ¥290 to traverse its 12.8 km length. It has both the westernmost rail station in Japan, Naha Airport, and the southernmost, Akamine.
Trains are made up of two cars, with 65 seats and a total capacity of 165 people; they are routinely filled to more than double the capacity of their seating. Trains runs on an elevated track between 8 and 20 meters above the ground, with a top speed of 65 km/h (about 40 mph) and an actual average speed of 28 km/h (17 mph) counting stops.
After lengthy deliberation of possible route options, the monorail corporation applied for construction permission for a 4.1-kilometer, 4-station extension from Shuri Station to Uranishi (浦西) in August 2011. Permission was granted on January 26, 2012, with construction planned to start in March 2013 and revenue operation in March 2019.
|Station name||Japanese||Total distance||Location|
|Naha-kūkō||那覇空港||0 km||Naha, Okinawa|
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