Okinawa Monorail

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Okinawa City Monorail Line
Yui rail.jpg
Overview
Locale Naha, Okinawa
Transit type straddle-beam monorail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 15
Daily ridership 35,000
Operation
Began operation August 2003
Operator(s) Okinawa Urban Monorail Incorporated
Technical
System length 12.8 kilometres
Yui Rail - Stations
0 Naha-kūkō Station (Airport)
1.95 Akamine Station
2.71 Oroku Station
3.68 Ōnoyama-kōen Station
4.52 Tsubogawa Station
5.33 Asahibashi Station
5.91 Kenchō-mae Station
6.63 Miebashi Station
7.61 Makishi Station
8.20 Asato Station
8.95 Omoromachi Station
9.96 Furujima Station
10.88 Shiritsu-byōin-mae Station
11.84 Gibo Station
12.84 Shuri Station

All the stations are barrier-free. All the stations are barrier-free design. [1]

Okinawa Monorail at Akamine, the southern-most rail station in Japan

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.

Yui Rail[edit]

The monorail's "Yui Rail" brand name and logo were selected in a public competition.[2] It comprises 15 stations, from Naha Airport in the west to Shuri (near Shuri Castle) in the east, running through the heart of Naha.[3] The average distance between stations is 0.93 kilometers. It takes 27 minutes and costs ¥330[4] 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.[5] 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.

Future extension[edit]

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.[6] Permission was granted on January 26, 2012, with construction planned to start in March 2013 and revenue operation in March 2019.[7]

Stations[edit]

Station name Japanese Total distance Location
Naha-kūkō 那覇空港 0 km Naha, Okinawa
Akamine 赤嶺 1.95 km
Oroku 小禄 2.71 km
Ōnoyama-kōen 奥武山公園 3.68 km
Tsubogawa 壺川 4.52 km
Asahibashi 旭橋 5.33 km
Kenchō-mae 県庁前 5.91 km
Miebashi 美栄橋 6.63 km
Makishi 牧志 7.61 km
Asato 安里 8.2 km
Omoromachi おもろまち 8.95 km
Furujima 古島 9.96 km
Shiritsu-byōin-mae 市立病院前 10.88 km
Gibo 儀保 11.84 km
Shuri 首里 12.84 km
Okinawa monorail Yui Rail ゆいレール

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "about Barrier-free", yui-rail.co.jp (Japanese)
  2. ^ "about Yui Rail", yui-rail.co.jp (Japanese)
  3. ^ "Naha". Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  4. ^ [1],(Japanese)
  5. ^ "Okinawa Monorail Photo Special Page 3". Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  6. ^ http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/article/2011-08-30_22758/
  7. ^ http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/news/120126/biz12012617240026-n1.htm

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