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FUKUOKA
 Japan

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 SUBWAY

Fukuoka lies in the north of Japan's southernmost island Kyushu and has 1.2 million inhabitants. In 1973, the city decided to build a subway system. While all urban tramway lines were closed during the late 1970's, construction of the subway began in 1975.

Until 2005, the Fukuoka subway network (17.8 km, 19 stations, all underground except Kaizuka and Meinohama) consisted of two lines which share a 8.5 km common stretch between Meinohama and Nakasu-Kawabata (initially built as part of Line 1 only). Some trains continue westwards from Meinohama on suburban rail tracks (JR-Chikuhi Line, 44km, 15-20 min. headway).

The Fukuoka Subway has 1067 mm gauge and overhead power supply (1500V dc). 24 ATO-controlled 6-car-trains are used at a maximum speed of 90 km/h (commercial speed 41 km/h). They operate on the left. Average station distance is 860 m, mainly central 120 m platform. Stations can be identified by a symbol (like in Mexico City) and by a colour; all are accessible via elevators and have toilets.

In 2005, a third line, the Nanakuma Line, was opened. It runs towards the southwest from Tenjin-minami to Watanabe-Dori, Yaku-in (For Nishitetsu Line), Yakuin-Odori, Sakurazaka, Ropponmatsu, Befu, Chayama, Kaneyama, Nanakuma, Fukudai-mae, Umebayashi, Noke, Kamo, Jiromaru, Hashimoto. The line is entirely underground and has 1435 mm standard gauge.

 

 Lines
 Line 1  Kuko Line  

Meinohama - Fukuokakuko (Airport), 13.1 km, 13 stations, 1067 mm gauge; through service on JR Chikuhi Line to Nishi-Karatsu

26/07/1981: Muromi - Tenjin (5.8 km)
20/04/1982: Tenjin - Nakasu-Kawabata (0.8 km)
22/03/1983: Muromi - Meinohama (1.5 km) and Nakasu-Kawabata - Hakata (1.4 km, provisional station)
03/03/1985: Hakata (0.3 km, definitive station at Fukuoka's Central Railway Station)
03/03/1993: Hakata - Fukuoka Kuko (Airport) (3.1 km)

 Line 2  Hakozaki Line  

(Meinohama -) Nakasu-Kawabata - Kaizuka, 4.7 km, 7 stations, 1067 mm gauge

20/04/1982: Nakasu-Kawabata - Gofukumachi (0.5 km)
27/04/1984: Gofukumachi - Maidashi-Kyudaibyoinmae (1.6 km)
31/01/1986: Maidashi-Kyudaibyoinmae - Hakozaki-Kyudaimae (1.6 km)
12/11/1986: Hakozaki-Kyudaimae - Kaizuka (1 km)

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 Line 3  Nanakuma Line  

Tenjin-minami - Hashimoto, 12 km, 16 stations, 1435 mm gauge

03/02/2005 - Tenjin-minami - Hashimoto

By 2020, the Nanakuma Line is planned to be extended from Tenjin-minami to Hakata, the city's main railway station.

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 Links

Fukuoka City Subway

Fukuoka Subway at Wikipedia

BLOG: Read your webmaster's impressions of Fukuoka's Subway system (April 2016)

 

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