Blue Line (Yokohama)
Yokohama Subway 3000 series train at Kannai Station, November 2007
|System||Yokohama Municipal Subway|
|Line number||1 & 3|
|Opened||December 16, 1972|
|Owner||Yokohama Municipal Subway|
|Rolling stock||3000 series|
|Line length||40.4 km (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|
The Yokohama Blue Line (ブルーライン 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 the trains join these two lines. This is the second-longest subway line in Japan at 40.4 km after the 40.7 km long Toei Ōedo Line in Tokyo.
- Local trains stop at all stations.
- Rapid trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "｜".
- 3000 series (since 1992)
All trains are based at Kaminagaya and Nippa Depots.
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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 are scheduled to be 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 are expected to be reduced by up to 10 minutes from the 1 hour 7 minutes taken by all-stations services.
- 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. Retrieved 14 February 2015.