Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line
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|Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line|
A 3000R series train on the Blue Line in July 2015
|System||Yokohama Municipal Subway|
|Daily ridership||513,897 (FY2014)|
|Line number||1 & 3|
|Opened||December 16, 1972|
|Owner||Yokohama Municipal Subway|
|Rolling stock||3000 series|
|Line length||40.4 km (25.1 mi) (Line 1: 19.7 km, Line 3: 20.7 km)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||750 V DC, third rail|
|Operating speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line (横浜市営地下鉄ブルーライン Yokohama Shiei Chikatetsu Burū Rain) is a 40.4 km (25.1 mi) line in the Yokohama Municipal Subway system of Yokohama, Japan, operated by Yokohama City Transportation Bureau. Line 3 runs from Azamino to Kannai, and Line 1 runs from Kannai to Shōnandai. All trains operate over both lines. This is the second-longest subway line in Japan at 40.4 km after the 40.7 km long Toei Oedo Line in Tokyo.
- Local trains stop at all stations.
- Rapid trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|".
|3||B32||Azamino||あざみ野||0.0||●||Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line||Aoba-ku, Yokohama|
|B30||Center Kita||センター北||3.1||●||Green Line (Yokohama Municipal Subway Line 4)|
|B29||Center Minami||センター南||4.0||●||Green Line (Yokohama Municipal Subway Line 4)|
|B18||Sakuragichō||桜木町||20.0||●||Negishi Line||Naka-ku, Yokohama|
|B11||Kami-Ōoka||上大岡||26.6||●||Keikyu Main Line||Kōnan-ku, Yokohama|
- 3000 series 37 x six-car EMUs (since 1992)
As of 1 April 2016[update], the line is operated using a fleet of 37 six-car 3000 series EMUs based at Kaminagaya Depot. The fleet is subdivided into eight first-batch 3000A series sets (numbered 24 to 31), seven second-batch 3000N series sets (numbered 32 to 38), fourteen third-batch 3000R series sets (numbered 39 to 52), and eight fourth-batch 3000S series sets (numbered 53 to 60).
A fifth-batch 3000V series six-car set entered service on the line on 9 April 2017, with a total of seven sets scheduled to be introduced by 2022, replacing the earlier 3000A series trainsets.
- 1000 series 14 x 6-car EMUs (from December 1972 until November 2006)
- 2000 series 9 x 6-car EMUs (from 1984 until November 2006)
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The first section of the line opened between Isezakichōjamachi and Kami-Ōoka on December 16, 1972. The subsequent progress of the line was as follows:
- September 4, 1976: The line is extended in both directions. It now runs between Kami-Nagaya and Yokohama. Through service begins between lines 1 and 3.
- March 14, 1985: The line is extended in both directions again. It now runs between Maioka and Shin-Yokohama.
- May 24, 1987: The line is extended from Maioka to a temporary Totsuka Station.
- August 27, 1989: The permanent Totsuka Station opens.
- March 18, 1993: The line is extended from Shin-Yokohama to Azamino.
- August 29, 1999: The line is extended from Totsuka to Shōnandai. Shin-Yokohama-Kita Station becomes Kita-Shin-Yokohama Station.
From July 2015, limited-stop "Rapid" services were introduced on the line, with approximately two services operating per hour during the daytime off-peak. Journey times over the entire length of the line were reduced by up to 10 minutes from the 1 hour 7 minutes taken by all-stations services.
- 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations - 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. p. 81. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5.
- 4/9,横浜市交通局3000V形デビュー [9 April: Yokohama Municipal Subway 3000V series debut]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 57 no. 675. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. July 2017. p. 155.
- 横浜市営地下鉄ブルーラインに快速 ７月から [Rapid trains on Yokohama Subway Blue Line from July]. Asahi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). Japan: The Asahi Shimbun Company. 12 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 14 February 2015.