Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line

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Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line
Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line symbol.svg
Yokohama city subway 3000R rapid azamino.JPG
A 3000R series train on the Blue Line in July 2015
Overview
Native name 横浜市営地下鉄ブルーライン
Type Rapid transit
System Yokohama Municipal Subway
Locale Yokohama
Termini Shōnandai
Azamino
Stations 32
Daily ridership 513,897 (FY2014)
Line number 1 & 3
Operation
Opened December 16, 1972
Owner Yokohama Municipal Subway
Depot(s) Kaminagaya, Nippa
Rolling stock 3000 series
Technical
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 12 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.

Station list[edit]

  • Local trains stop at all stations.
  • Rapid trains stop at stations marked "●" and pass those marked "|".
Line No. Station Japanese Distance (km) Rapid Transfers Location
3 B32 Azamino あざみ野 0.0 Tokyu DT line symbol.svg Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line Aoba-ku, Yokohama
B31 Nakagawa 中川 1.5 Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama
B30 Center Kita センター北 3.1 Yokohama Municipal Subway Green Line symbol.svg Green Line (Yokohama Municipal Subway Line 4)
B29 Center Minami センター南 4.0 Yokohama Municipal Subway Green Line symbol.svg Green Line (Yokohama Municipal Subway Line 4)
B28 Nakamachidai 仲町台 6.3
B27 Nippa 新羽 8.6 Kōhoku-ku, Yokohama
B26 Kita Shin-yokohama 北新横浜 9.6 |
B25 Shin-Yokohama 新横浜 10.9
B24 Kishine-kōen 岸根公園 12.5 |
B23 Katakurachō 片倉町 13.7 | Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama
B22 Mitsuzawa-kamichō 三ツ沢上町 15.6 |
B21 Mitsuzawa-shimochō 三ツ沢下町 16.5 |
B20 Yokohama 横浜 17.9 Nishi-ku, Yokohama
B19 Takashimachō 高島町 18.8 |
B18 Sakuragichō 桜木町 20.0 JK Negishi Line Naka-ku, Yokohama
B17 Kannai 関内 20.7 JK Negishi Line
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B16 Isezakichōjamachi 伊勢佐木長者町 21.4 |
B15 Bandōbashi 阪東橋 22.3 | Minami-ku, Yokohama
B14 Yoshinochō 吉野町 22.8 |
B13 Maita 蒔田 23.9 |
B12 Gumyōji 弘明寺 25.0 |
B11 Kami-Ōoka 上大岡 26.6 Number prefix Keikyū.PNG Keikyu Main Line Kōnan-ku, Yokohama
B10 Kōnan-Chūō 港南中央 27.7 |
B09 Kaminagaya 上永谷 29.4
B08 Shimonagaya 下永谷 30.7 |
B07 Maioka 舞岡 31.4 | Totsuka-ku, Yokohama
B06 Totsuka 戸塚 33.0
B05 Odoriba 踊場 34.7 Izumi-ku, Yokohama
B04 Nakada 中田 35.6
B03 Tateba 立場 36.7
B02 Shimoiida 下飯田 38.8
B01 Shōnandai 湘南台 40.4 Fujisawa, Kanagawa

Rolling stock[edit]

As of 1 April 2016, the line is operated using a fleet of 37 six-car 3000 series EMUs based at Kaminagaya Depot.[1] 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).[1]

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.[2]

Former[edit]

  • 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)

History[edit]

A train celebrating the extensions to Shin-Yokohama and Maioka in March 1985

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 

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