|Locale||Mie Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture|
|Line length||36.7 km (22.8 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC, overhead line|
|Operating speed||95 km/h (59 mph)|
The Kusatsu Line (草津線, Kusatsu-sen) is a railway line in western Japan operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It connects Tsuge on the Kansai Main Line with Kusatsu on the Biwako Line (Tōkaidō Main Line).
The Kansai Railway Co. opened the entire line in 1889/90, and was nationalised in 1907.
CTC signalling was commissioned in 1979, the line was electrified in 1980 and freight services ceased in 1987.
Construction of a new station, "Minami-Biwako", began in May 2006 and was planned to be completed in 2012; the station was proposed to allow passengers to transfer between the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Kusatsu lines; however, in September 2006, the Otsu district court concluded that Ritto City issuing bonds to fund the station's construction was illegal under local finance law and the project was halted; the project was officially abandoned in October 2007.
|Tsuge||柘植||0.0||Kansai Main Line||Iga, Mie Prefecture|
|Kibukawa||貴生川||15.3||■ Shigaraki Kōgen Railway Shigaraki Line|
■ Ohmi Railway Main Line
|Kusatsu||草津||36.7||Tokaido Main Line (Biwako Line)||Kusatsu|
|Continuing service on the Biwako Line to Kyoto Station in mornings and evenings, and to Osaka Station in mornings only.|
Train stops at all stations and operates as a local train within the line.
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