Tokyo Monorail

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Tokyo Monorail
Tokyo Monorail Logo.svg
Mono-shibaura.jpg
Overview
Locale Tokyo
Transit type Straddle-beam monorail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 11
Daily ridership 311,856 (FY2010, weekdays)[1]
Website http://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/english/
Operation
Began operation September 17, 1964
Operator(s) Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd.
Headway 3 min 20 sec. (peak), 4 min (off peak)
Technical
System length 17.8 km (11.1 mi)
Average speed 45 km/h (28 mph)
Top speed 80 km/h (50 mph)

Tokyo Monorail (東京モノレール Tōkyō Monorēru?), officially the Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Line (東京モノレール羽田空港線 Tōkyō Monorēru Haneda Kūkō sen?), is a monorail system connecting Haneda Airport in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan, to Monorail Hamamatsuchō Station in Minato, Tokyo. The trains operate along an elevated line that follows the coast of Tokyo Bay.

Service patterns and stations[edit]

The following three different train service types operate on the line.

  •      Haneda Express (空港快速 Kūkō Kaisoku?)
  •      Rapid (区間快速 Kukan Kaisoku?)
  •      Local (普通 Futsū?)

Haneda Express trains make the non-stop run between Monorail Hamamatsuchō and Haneda Airport in 13 minutes.

Key[edit]

● Stops at this station
| Does not stop at this station

Station name Japanese Distance (km) Haneda Express Rapid Local
Monorail Hamamatsuchō モノレール浜松町 0.0
Tennōzu Isle 天王洲アイル 4.0 |
Ōi Keibajō-mae 大井競馬場前 7.1 |
Ryūtsū Center 流通センター 8.7 |
Shōwajima 昭和島 9.9 | |
Seibijō 整備場 11.8 | |
Tenkūbashi 天空橋 12.6 | |
Haneda Airport International Terminal 羽田空港国際線ビル 14.0
Shin-Seibijō 新整備場 16.1 | |
Haneda Airport Terminal 1 羽田空港第1ビル 16.9
Haneda Airport Terminal 2 羽田空港第2ビル 17.8

Airport access[edit]

Passengers using the monorail to travel to the airport can take advantage of check-in facilities at Hamamatsuchō. Japan's domestic airlines (JAL, ANA, Skymark Airlines, and Air Do) have check-in counters and ticket machines right at the station. Tokyo Monorail tickets can also be purchased on the lower level of Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Itami Airport (also in Osaka), as well as Naha Airport in Okinawa and departure gate area at Hiroshima Airport.

An alternative to the monorail is the Keikyu Airport Line between the airport and Shinagawa Station. Both railways compete with the bus services.

Rolling stock[edit]

Services are operated using six-car 1000 and 2000 series trains, running at speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph). Each car has a combination of aisle-facing bench seats, forward and rear-facing seats, and seats in the center of the aisle. The trains also feature extra space for hand luggage, as a convenience for air travelers. These trains are stored and maintained at Shōwajima Depot beside Shōwajima Station during off-service hours. The 1000 series trains were introduced from 1989, and the 2000 series trains were introduced from 1997.[2]

From July 2014, new 10000 series 6-car trains are scheduled to be introduced, replacing the older 1000 series trains.[2]

Former rolling stock[edit]

Former rolling stock once used on Tokyo Monorail include the 100/200/300/350 series (from 1964 until 1978), 500 series (from 1969 until 1991), 600 series (from 1977 until 1997), and 700/800 series (from 1982 until 1998).

Ticketing and operating hours[edit]

Tokyo Monorail was originally one of the only "private" railways to use JR East's Suica fare card system. The Monorail is now fully integrated with both Suica and the new Pasmo fare card.

The first departure towards the airport leaves at 04:58 and the last departure is at 00:01. Towards Hamamatsuchō, the first departure is at 05:11 and the final departure is at 00:05 (final departure serving all stations at 23:38).

History[edit]

The line opened in 1964 to coincide with the 1964 Summer Olympics. Built by Hitachi Monorail, the first cars were made in Japan from the German ALWEG design (also used in the Seattle Center Monorail and the original Disneyland Monorail), and were replaced by newer models in 1969, 1977, 1982, and 1989.

Originally, the monorail only served Hamamatsuchō and the airport. The first station added in between was the Ōi Race Track in 1965, followed by Seibijō in 1967.

1000 series trainset at Seibijō station

When the monorail began operation, the passenger terminal at Haneda Airport was located on the west side of the airfield, south of Seibijō, and this was the southern terminus of the monorail. Upon the opening of the new passenger terminal (now Terminal 1) in 1993, the monorail was extended to a new platform, and the former passenger terminal was razed to make room for an extension of Runway B. The now-unused monorail tunnel leading to the old station was leased from the Transport Ministry and therefore had to be restored to its original state prior to its handover. Although the rails were removed from the tunnel and its entrance walled off, the tunnel remains otherwise intact today below the extension of Runway B.[3]

A single-station, 0.9-km extension to Haneda's new Terminal 2 opened on December 1, 2004, and the opening of a passing loop at Showajima allowed express services from March 18, 2007. A new station to serve the airport's new International Terminal was opened on 21 October 2010.

The Tokyo Monorail serves eleven stations and operates from around 5:00 a.m. to midnight with over 500 trains. It carried its 1.5 billionth passenger on January 24, 2007.[4]

The line is operated by the Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd. (東京モノレール株式会社 Tōkyō Monorēru Kabushiki-gaisha?). JR East purchased stock in the company in 2002, currently owning 70%; the remainder being divided between Hitachi (12%), Japan Airlines (9%), and All Nippon Airways (9%).

Future extensions[edit]

In June 2009, Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd., formally notified the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of its intent to convert the present single-track terminal at Hamamatsucho, which has rested unchanged for 45 years, into a dual-track, dual-platform structure. To be built in 6.5 years at an estimated cost of 26 billion yen, this will increase the line's capacity from 18 to 24 trains per hour and lay the groundwork for a long-mooted extension to Shimbashi Station.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd.". Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "東京モノレール開業50年 新型車両、車内は「和風」 26年導入". MSN Sankei News (in Japanese). Japan: The Sankei Shimbun & Sankei Digital. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Naoki Kuwayama, 丸の内線・都営浅草線・そしてモノレールの謎
  4. ^ "1.5 billionth rides monorail to Haneda". The Japan Times (The Japan Times Ltd.). 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  5. ^ 「東京モノレール/浜松町駅を複線化/事業費260億円、東京駅延伸も視野」。 2009年6月24日 日刊建設工業新聞

Further reading[edit]

  • L.W. Demery, R. Forty, R. DeGroote and J.W. Higgins, Electric Railways of Japan (Interurbans- Tramways-Metros) Vol.1: Tokyo and Northern Japan. Light Rail Transit Association, 1983.
  • Kusamachi, Yoshikazu (June 2009). "再発見!! モノレールの魅力" [Rediscovering the fascination of monorails]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese) (Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd.) 49 (578): p.114-118. 

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