Okinawa Urban Monorail

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Okinawa Urban Monorail
沖縄都市モノレール
IndustryRail transport
FoundedAugust 10, 2003
Headquarters
Area served
Naha, Okinawa, Japan
ServicesMonorail
OwnerOkinawa Urban Monorail, Inc.
Websitewww.yui-rail.co.jp
Okinawa Urban Monorail
Okinawa monorail Yui Rail ゆいレール.jpg
1000 series train on the Okinawa Urban Monorail
Overview
LocaleNaha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Transit typestraddle-beam monorail
Number of lines1
Number of stations15
Daily ridership49,716 per day (2017)
Operation
Began operationAugust 2003
Operator(s)Okinawa Urban Monorail, Inc.
Technical
System length12.9 kilometres[1]
System map

Okinawa Urban Monorail Map.png

Yui Rail - Stations
0 Naha Airport
Car Depot
1.95 Akamine
2.71 Oroku
3.68 Onoyama Park
4.52 Tsubogawa
5.33 Asahibashi
5.91 Prefectural Office
6.63 Miebashi
7.61 Makishi
8.20 Asato
8.95 Omoromachi
9.96 Furujima
10.88 Naha City Hospital
11.84 Gibo
12.84 Shuri
Ishimine
Kyozuka
Urasoemaeda
Tedako-Uranishi

All stations are barrier-free. All stations are barrier-free. [2]

The Okinawa Urban Monorail (沖縄都市モノレール, Okinawa Toshi Monorēru), also known as Yui Rail (ゆいレール, Yui Rēru), is a monorail line in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Operated by Okinawa Urban Monorail, Inc. (沖縄都市モノレール株式会社, Okinawa Toshi Monorēru Kabushiki-gaisha), it opened on August 10, 2003, and is the only public rail system in Okinawa Prefecture, the first rail line on Okinawa since World War II. Also Naha Airport Station is the westernmost, and Akamine Station is the southernmost rail station in Japan. It uses the OKICA as its contactless card.

Yui Rail[edit]

The monorail's "Yui Rail" brand name and logo were selected in a public competition.[3] It consists of 15 stations, from Naha Airport in the west to Shuri in the east, running via Naha.[4] The average distance between stations is 0.93 kilometers. It takes 27 minutes and costs ¥330[4] to traverse its 12.9 km length.[1]

Trains are made up of two cars, with 65 seats and a total capacity of 165 people.[1] Trains runs on an elevated track between 8 and 20 meters above the ground, with a top speed of 65 km/h (about 40 mph) and an actual average speed of 28 km/h (17 mph) counting stops.[1]

Future extension[edit]

After lengthy deliberation of possible route options, the monorail corporation applied for construction permission for a 4.1-kilometer, 4-station extension from Shuri Station to Tedako-Uranishi Station (Urasoe City) in August 2011.[5] Permission was granted on January 26, 2012, with construction planned to start in March 2013 and revenue operation in 2019.[6]

Stations[edit]

Station
No.
Station name Distance
in km
Total
distance
Location
English Japanese
1 Naha Airport 那覇空港 - 0.00 Naha
2 Akamine 赤嶺 1.95 1.95
3 Oroku 小禄 0.76 2.71
4 Onoyama Park 奥武山公園 0.97 3.68
5 Tsubogawa 壺川 0.84 4.52
6 Asahibashi 旭橋 0.81 5.33
7 Prefectural Office 県庁前 0.58 5.91
8 Miebashi 美栄橋 0.72 6.63
9 Makishi 牧志 0.98 7.61
10 Asato 安里 0.59 8.2
11 Omoromachi おもろまち 0.75 8.95
12 Furujima 古島 1.01 9.96
13 Naha City Hospital 市立病院前 0.92 10.88
14 Gibo 儀保 0.96 11.84
15 Shuri 首里 1.00 12.84
Under construction (2019)
(16) Ishimine 石嶺 - - Naha
(17) Kyozuka 経塚 - - Urasoe
(18) Urasoemaeda 浦添前田 - -
(19) Tedako-Uranishi てだこ浦西 - -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d モノレール計画概要 Archived 2015-04-09 at the Wayback Machine, yui-rail.co.jp (Japanese)
  2. ^ "about Barrier-free", yui-rail.co.jp (Japanese)
  3. ^ "about Yui Rail" Archived 2008-04-23 at the Wayback Machine, yui-rail.co.jp (Japanese)
  4. ^ a b ご利用案內 Archived 2014-02-20 at the Wayback Machine, yui-rail.co.jp (Japanese)
  5. ^ http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/article/2011-08-30_22758/ Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/news/120126/biz12012617240026-n1.htm Archived January 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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