Sendai Subway Tōzai Line

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Sendai Subway Tozai Line
Sendai subway 2000 series.JPG
Native name仙台市地下鉄東西線
TypeRapid transit
LocaleSendai, Miyagi
TerminiYagiyama Zoological Park
Daily ridershipApprox. 80,000 daily (forecast)
Opened6 December 2015 (2015-12-06)
OwnerSendai City Subway Logo.png Sendai City Transportation Bureau
Rolling stockSendai Subway 2000 series
Line length13.9 km (8.6 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification1,500 V DC overhead wire
Route map
0.0 T01 Yagiyama Zoological Park
Tatsunokuchi Valley
2.1 T02 Aobayama
3.7 T03 Kawauchi
4.3 T04 International Center
Hirosegawa River
5.0 T05 Omachi Nishi-koen
5.7 T06 Aoba-dori Ichibancho
6.5 T07/N10 Sendai Station
7.2 T08 Miyagino-dori
8.4 T09 Rembo
Miyagino Freight Line
Sendai Freight Terminal
9.5 T10 Yakushido
11.0 T11 Oroshimachi
12.3 T12 Rokuchonome
13.9 T13 Arai
Arai Depot

The Sendai Subway Tozai Line (仙台市地下鉄東西線, Sendai Shi Chikatetsu Tōzai-sen) is one of the two lines of the Sendai Subway system operated by the Sendai City Transportation Bureau in the city of Sendai, Japan. It opened on 6 December 2015.[1] The Tozai Line uses linear motor propulsion.[2]


No. Station name Japanese Distance
Transfers Location
T01 Yagiyama Zoological Park 八木山動物公園 0.0 Taihaku-ku, Sendai
T02 Aobayama 青葉山 2.1 Aoba-ku, Sendai
T03 Kawauchi 川内 3.7
T04 International Center 国際センター 4.3
T05 Omachi Nishi-koen 大町西公園 5.0
T06 Aoba-dori Ichibancho 青葉通一番町 5.7
T07 Sendai 仙台 6.5
T08 Miyagino-dori 宮城野通 7.2 Miyagino-ku, Sendai
T09 Rembo 連坊 8.4 Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai
T10 Yakushido 薬師堂 9.5
T11 Oroshimachi 卸町 11.0
T12 Rokuchonome 六丁の目 12.3
T13 Arai 荒井 13.9

From the start of operations on the line, nine out of the line's 13 stations are staffed and operated by sub-contracted employees from the security company Alsok.[3] Operations at Omachi Nishi-koen Station will also be sub-contracted to Alsok from fiscal 2018, leaving only the two termini and Sendai Station staffed by Sendai City Transportation Bureau employees.[3]

Rolling stock[edit]

A 2000 series train in service in December 2015

Services are operated by a fleet of 15 four-car Sendai Subway 2000 series electric trains manufactured by Kinki Sharyo.[2][4]

Passenger statistics[edit]

According to forecasts published by Sendai City Transportation Bureau in August 2012, the line is expected initially to be used by an average of approximately 80,000 passengers daily (boarding passengers only).[5]


The line opened on 6 December 2015, with a departure ceremony for the first train at Arai Station.[6]


  1. ^ 仙台市地下鉄東西線 来年12月6日開業へ [Sendai Subway Tozai Line to open on 6 December 2015]. Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing Co., Ltd. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b 仙台市営地下鉄東西線の車両デザインが決定 [Train design finalized for Sendai Subway Tozai Line]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b <仙台東西線>駅サービス ALSOK委託 [Sendai Tozai Line station services to be sub-contracted to Alsok]. Kahoku Shimpo Online News (in Japanese). Japan: Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co. 2 December 2015. Archived from the original on 7 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  4. ^ 仙台市交通局殿から東西線用新型車両2000系を受注しました [Order from Sendai City Transportation Bureau received for new 2000 series trains for Tozai Line]. News release (in Japanese). Japan: The Kinki Sharyo Co., Ltd. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  5. ^ 地下鉄東西線建設事業の再評価における需要予測の事例(その2) [Demand forecast case studies in reevaluation of Tozai Line construction project (Part 2)] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Sendai City Transportation Bureau. August 2012. p. 8. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  6. ^ "New subway line opens in disaster-hit Sendai". The Japan Times. Japan: The Japan Times Ltd. 6 December 2015. Archived from the original on 6 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.

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