Port Island Line

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Port Liner
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Sannomiya Station of Port Liner
Overview
Owner Kobe New Transit
Locale Kobe
Termini Sannomiya
Kobe Airport
Stations12
Service
Type Automated guideway transit
Rolling stock 2000 series, 2020 series
History
OpenedFebruary 5, 1981
Technical
Line length10.8 km (6.71 mi)
Electrification 600 V 60 Hz 3-phase AC Third rail
Route map
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Port Island Line
 
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km
P01
Sannomiya
0.0
 
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P02
Bōeki Center
0.8
 
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P03
Port Terminal
1.8
 
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P04
Naka Kōen
2.8
2.6
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P05
Minatojima
3.3
 
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1.7
Kita Futō
PL09
P06
Shimin Hiroba
3.8
0.0
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1.2
Naka Futō
PL08
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0.6
Minami Kōen
PL07
P07
Iryō Center
4.6
 
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P08
Keisan
Kagaku Center
5.4
 
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P09
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8.2
 
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km
km

The Port Island Line (ポートアイランド線, Pōtoairando-sen), commonly known as Port Liner (ポートライナー, Pōtorainā) is an urban automated guideway transit (AGT) system in Kobe, Japan, operated by Kobe New Transit. Opened in 1981, the Port Liner was the world's first driverless urban transit systems, a few years ahead of the VAL system used on the Lille Metro, which opened in 1983.

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The initial system linked Sannomiya Station, Kobe's main transit hub, to the man-made Port Island, covering a distance of 6.4 km with 9 stations. On February 2, 2006, the line was extended by 4.3 km to the new Kobe Airport, built on an artificial island near Port Island.

Route

As the map indicates, the present system consists of one straight line, originating at Sannomiya Station and terminating at Kobe Airport Station, and a loop attached to the middle of the straight line. The stations on the former are numbered with prefix "P" and on the latter (except those shared with the former) are with prefix "PL".

Originally, before the 2006 extension to the airport, the loop section was single track and operated only counter-clockwise trains. Presently the main section between Sannomiya and the airport is entirely double track, but the remaining of the loop has not been rebuilt so that the three stations with PL prefix still serve only one way.

Stations

All stations are located in Chūō-ku, Kobe.

Stationkm
Double track section
P01 Sannomiya 0.0
P02 Bōeki Center 0.8
P03 Port Terminal 1.8
P04 Naka Kōen 2.8
P05 Minatojima 3.3
P06 Shimin Hiroba 3.8
P07 Iryō Center 4.6
P08 Keisan Kagaku Center 5.4
P09 Kobe Airport 8.2
Single Track Section
P06Shimin-Hiroba0.0
PL07 Minami Kōen 0.6
PL08 Naka Futō 1.2
PL09 Kita Futō 1.7
P04Naka-Kōen2.6

Minatojima Station, Iryō Center Station and K Computer Mae Stations were renamed on July 1, 2011, from Shimin Byōin Mae Station, Sentan Iryō Center Mae Station and Port Island Minami Station respectively. [1]

Rolling stock

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References

  1. "ポートライナー、30年ぶり駅名変更". Asahi Shimbun. July 1, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-03. Retrieved July 1, 2011.