Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
|Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line|
A Tokyo Metro 03 series EMU at Hiroo Station bound for Kita-Senju
|Type||Heavy rail rapid transit|
|Daily ridership||1,073,900 (201)|
|Opening||March 28, 1961|
|Rolling stock||Tokyo Metro 03 series, Tokyu 1000 series, Tobu 20000 series|
|Line length||20.3 km (12.6 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (東京地下鉄日比谷線 Tōkyō Chikatetsu Hibiya-sen?) is a subway line in Tokyo, Japan, owned and operated by Tokyo Metro. The line was named after the district of Hibiya, under which it passes.
The Hibiya Line runs between Naka-Meguro in Meguro and Kita-Senju in Adachi. The line's path is somewhat similar to that of the Ginza Line; however, the Hibiya Line was designed to serve a number of important districts, such as Ebisu, Roppongi, Tsukiji, Kayabachō and Senju, which were not on an existing line.
The Hibiya Line is connected to the Tobu Skytree Line at Kita-Senju, and through services operate between Naka-Meguro and Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen on the Tobu Skytee Line, and onward to Minami-Kurihashi on the Tōbu Nikkō Line. Some peak-hour services terminate at Takenotsuka, Kita-Koshigaya or Kita-Kasukabe on the Tobu Skytree Line.
According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, as of June 2009 the Hibiya Line is the eighth most crowded subway line in Tokyo, running at 164% capacity between Minowa and Iriya stations.
On maps, diagrams and signboards, the line is shown using the color "silver", and its stations are numbered with the prefix "H".
All stations are located in Tokyo.
- Naka-Meguro is shared by both Tokyu and Tokyo Metro; Tokyu manages the station.
- Kita-Senju is shared by both Tobu Railway and Tokyo Metro; Tobu Railway manages the station.
- TRTA 3000 series (from 1961 until July 1994)
- Tobu 2000 series (from 1962 until 1993)
- Tokyu 7000 series (original) (from 1964 until 1991)
- Tokyu 1000 series (from 1991 until 2013)
Its basic plan was drawn up by a Ministry of Transportation committee in 1957. Called "Line 2" at the time, it was designed to connect Naka-Meguro in southwest Tokyo with Kita-Koshigaya in the northeast. The full northeastern extension of the line was never built, as the Tobu Railway upgraded to quadruple track within the same corridor to meet capacity demands.
Work began in 1959, with the first section opening in March 1961. The line opened in stages: the northern section, between Kita-Senju and Ningyōchō, was operational in May 1962; the southern section, between Naka-Meguro and Kasumigaseki, opened in March 1964. The final segment, bridging Higashi-Ginza and Kasumigaseki, opened on August 29, 1964, just weeks before the opening ceremony for the 1964 Summer Olympics. This was something of a coup for the Teito Rapid Transit Authority (the predecessor of today's Tokyo Metro), as the Toei Asakusa Line, which was also to be completed in time for the Olympics, had fallen behind schedule and remained under construction for the duration of the Games.
The Hibiya Line was one of the lines targeted in the 1995 Aum sarin gas attack.
- Tokyo Metro station ridership in 2010 Train Media (sourced from Tokyo Metro) Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- Tobu Timetable, 16 March 2013, p.177-188
- The 地下鉄 [The Subway]. Japan: Sansuisha. 2004. p. 27. ISBN 4-06-366218-7.
- Metropolis, "Commute", June 12, 2009, p. 07. Capacity is defined as all passengers having a seat or a strap or door railing to hold on to.
- Failure Knowledge Database 日比谷線の列車脱線衝突 Retrieved on 11 March 2009 (Japanese)
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- Tokyo Metro website (English)