Osaka Monorail

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Osaka Monorail
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Overview
Locale Osaka Prefecture
Transit type straddle-beam Monorail
Number of lines 2
Number of stations 18
Daily ridership 100,602 daily boardings (2008)
Operation
Began operation 1990
Operator(s) Osaka Monorail Co., Ltd.
Technical
System length 28.0 km (17.4 mi)
Minimum radius of curvature 100 m (330 ft)
Electrification 1,500 V DC
Top speed 75 km/h (47 mph)
Osaka Monorail Co., Ltd.
大阪高速鉄道株式会社
Type Private kabushiki gaisha
Founded Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan (December 15, 1980 (1980-12-15))
Headquarters 1-5, Shin-Senri-higashimachi Itchome, Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
Area served northern Osaka Prefecture
Website www.osaka-monorail.co.jp/

The Osaka Monorail (大阪モノレール Ōsaka Monorēru?) is a monorail in northern Osaka Prefecture, Japan, operated by Osaka Monorail Co., Ltd. (大阪高速鉄道株式会社 Ōsaka Kōsoku Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha?). It is noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest monorail in the world at over 21.2 kilometres long, although it has since been bypassed in length by the Chongqing Monorail. It also links three campuses of Osaka University.

Main Line[edit]

The Main Line runs on an elevated line between Osaka International Airport and Kadoma. It opened on June 1, 1990 between Senri-Chuo and Minami-Ibaraki stations. On September 30, 1994 it reached Shibahara Station, on April 1, 1997, Osaka Airport, and on August 22, 1997, its current eastern terminal at Kadoma-shi Station. It is 21.2 km long. A trip over the entire Main Line takes about 36 minutes, and costs ¥540.

Station list[edit]

Station No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
11 Osaka Airport 大阪空港 0.0   Toyonaka Osaka Prefecture
12 Hotarugaike 蛍池 1.4 Hankyu Takarazuka Line
13 Shibahara 柴原 3.1  
14 Shōji 少路 4.8  
15 Senri-Chūō 千里中央 6.6 Kita-Osaka Kyūkō Railway
16 Yamada 山田 8.5 Hankyu Senri Line Suita
17 Banpaku-Kinen-Kōen 万博記念公園 9.9 Osaka Monorail Saito Line
18 Unobe 宇野辺 12.1   Ibaraki
19 Minami-Ibaraki 南茨木 13.3 Hankyu Kyoto Line
20 Sawaragi 沢良宜 14.5  
21 Settsu 摂津 16.0   Settsu
22 Minami Settsu 南摂津 17.8  
23 Dainichi 大日 19.9 Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line Moriguchi
24 Kadoma-shi 門真市 21.2 Keihan Main Line Kadoma

Saito Line[edit]

The Saito Line branch opened in two stages: on October 1, 1998 from Bampaku-kinen-koen Station to Handai-byoin-mae Station, and on March 19, 2007, to Saito-nishi Station, in the residential area of Saito, about a kilometer from the Minoo Campus of Osaka University (former Osaka University of Foreign Studies). The branch is 6.8 km long.

Station list[edit]

Station No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Location
17 Banpaku-Kinen-Kōen 万博記念公園 0.0 Osaka Monorail Main Line Suita Osaka
Prefecture
51 Kōen-higashiguchi 公園東口 1.1  
52 Handai-byōin-mae 阪大病院前 2.6   Ibaraki
53 Toyokawa 豊川 4.2  
54 Saito-nishi 彩都西 6.8  

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