Kūkō Line (Fukuoka City Subway)
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2000 series train
|Opened||July 26, 1981|
|Owner||Fukuoka City Subway|
|Rolling stock||1000 series, 2000 series, etc.|
|Line length||13.1 km (8.1 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead catenary|
|Operating speed||75 km/h (45 mph)|
The Kūkō Line (空港線 Kūkō-sen?, "Airport Line") is a subway line, part of the Fukuoka City Subway system in Fukuoka, Japan. It connects Meinohama, Nishi Ward to Fukuokakūkō (Fukuoka Airport), Hakata Ward, all within Fukuoka. The line's color on maps is orange. Officially, the line is called Line 1 (Kūkō Line) (1号線(空港線) Ichi-gō-sen (Kūkō-sen)?). The line has a through service with JR Chikuhi Line. Like other Fukuoka City Subway lines, stations are equipped with automatic platform gates, and trains are automatically operated by ATO system. However, JR train cars (from Chikuhi Line) are operated manually.
This is the only subway line in Japan that directly links to an airport. Although Toei Asakusa Line trains in Tokyo also serve airports (Narita and Haneda), those are not the stations of the Asakusa Line itself. Rather, they are the stations of suburban lines that the Asakusa Line has through services with.
The Kūkō Line goes through many important areas of the city, namely Nishijin, Tenjin, Hakata, and the airport. As such, this is the most heavily used subway line in Fukuoka.
|Station name||Japanese||Distance (km)||Transfers||Location|
|Through service to/from JR Chikuhi Line, further to/from JR Karatsu Line.|
|Meinohama||姪浜||0||Chikuhi Line||Nishi||Fukuoka, Fukuoka|
|Tenjin||天神||7.3||■ Nanakuma Line (Tenjin-minami (N16))
Tenjin-Ōmuta Line (Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) )
|Nakasu-Kawabata||中洲川端||8.1||■ Hakozaki Line (H01) 1||Hakata|
|Hakata||博多||9.8||Kyushu Shinkansen, Kagoshima Main Line, Sasaguri Line (Fukuhoku Yutaka Line)
Hakata Minami Line, Sanyō Shinkansen
- 1: Through service to/from Kūkō Line; terminates at Meinohama.
- "JR九州 筑肥線に305系通勤型直流電車投入" [JR Kyushu to introduce 305 series DC commuter trains on Chikuhi Line]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.