Saitama Rapid Railway Line
|Saitama Railway line|
A Saitama Rapid Railway 2000 series EMU
|Locale||Tokyo, Saitama Prefecture|
|Opened||28 March 2001|
|Owner||Saitama Railway Corporation|
|Line length||14.6 km (9.1 mi)|
|Number of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Minimum radius||248 m|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC overhead line|
|Operating speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Saitama Railway Line (埼玉高速鉄道線? Saitama Kōsoku Tetsudō sen) is a mostly underground rapid transit line in Japan operated by the third sector operating company Saitama Railway Corporation. Funded by Saitama Prefecture, local municipal governments, and Tokyo Metro, it forms a continuation of the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, starting at Akabane-Iwabuchi Station in Tokyo and ending at Urawa-Misono Station in Saitama. It was completed on March 28, 2001, ahead of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which held several matches at the Saitama Stadium close to Urawa-Misono Station. Except for the Urawa-Misono Station, the rest of the line is underground.
|↑ Through-service to/from Hiyoshi via the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line and Tokyu Meguro Line ↑|
|Akabane-Iwabuchi||赤羽岩淵||0.0||Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (N-19)
Tōhoku Main Line (Utsunomiya Line, Takasaki Line, Shōnan-Shinjuku Line), Keihin-Tōhoku Line, Saikyō Line (Akabane Station)
- Saitama Rapid Railway 2000 series 6-car EMUs
- Tokyo Metro 9000 series 6-car EMUs
- Tokyu 3000 series 6-car EMUs
- Tokyu 5080 series 6-car EMUs
As of 2013, the main shareholders in Saitama Railway Corporation are as follows.
|City of Kawaguchi||18.7|
|City of Saitama||7.1|
Ridership figures for the line are as follows.
|Fiscal year||Total passengers||Passengers/km day|
The third sector company, Saitama Railway Corporation, was established on 25 March 1992. The entire line from Akabane-Iwabuchi to Urawa-Misono opened on 28 March 2001. Through services to and from Hiyoshi on the Tokyu Meguro Line commenced on 22 June 2008.
In the future, the line may be extended north from Urawa-Misono through Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama to Hasuda Station (in Hasuda, Saitama) on the JR East Utsunomiya Line, but financial problems have prevented construction of the extension.
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