Namboku Line (Sapporo)

The Namboku Line (南北線, Nanboku-sen) is a rubber-tyred metro line in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. It is part of the Sapporo Municipal Subway system. Its name literally means South-North Line, and it runs from Asabu Station in Kita-ku to Makomanai Station in Minami-ku. The Namboku Line color on maps is green, and its stations carry the letter "N" followed by a number.

Namboku Line
Subway SapporoNamboku.svg
ST SN5000 20061102 001.jpg
5000 series EMU near Minami-Hiragishi Station
Overview
OwnerSapporo City Transportation Bureau
LocaleSapporo, Hokkaidō
TerminiAsabu
Makomanai
Stations16
Service
TypeRubber-tyred metro
SystemSapporo Municipal Subway
Rolling stock5000 series EMUs
History
Opened1971
Technical
Line length14.3 km (8.89 mi)
Track gaugenone, central guide rail
Electrification750 V DC (third-rail)

Station listEdit

  • All stations are located in Sapporo.
No Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Above/
below ground
Location
Between
stations
Total
N01 Asabu 麻生 - 0.0   Sasshō Line (Shin-Kotoni,  G05 ) Under-
ground
Kita-ku
N02 Kita-Sanjūyo-Jō 北34条 1.0 1.0  
N03 Kita-Nijūyo-Jō 北24条 1.2 2.2  
N04 Kita-Jūhachi-Jō 北18条 0.9 3.1  
N05 Kita-Jūni-Jō 北12条 0.8 3.9  
N06 Sapporo さっぽろ 1.0 4.9   Tōhō Line ( H07 )
  Hakodate Main Line ( 01 )
Chūō-ku
N07 Ōdōri 大通 0.6 5.5   Tōzai Line ( T09 )
  Tōhō Line ( H08 )
Sapporo Streetcar (Nishi-Yon-Chōme)
N08 Susukino すすきの 0.6 6.1 Sapporo Streetcar
N09 Nakajima-Kōen 中島公園 0.7 6.8 Sapporo Streetcar (Yamahana-Ku-Jō)
N10 Horohira-Bashi 幌平橋 1.0 7.8 Sapporo Streetcar (Seishūgakuen-Mae)
N11 Nakanoshima 中の島 0.5 8.3   Toyohira-ku
N12 Hiragishi 平岸 0.7 9.0  
N13 Minami-Hiragishi 南平岸 1.1 10.1   Above-
ground
N14 Sumikawa 澄川 1.2 11.3   Minami-ku
N15 Jieitai-Mae 自衛隊前 1.3 12.6  
N16 Makomanai 真駒内 1.7 14.3  

HistoryEdit

  • December 16, 1971: Kita-Nijūyo-Jō – Makomanai section opens; 1000 series trains introduced.
  • March 16, 1978: Kita-Nijūyo-Jō – Asabu section opens; all trains operated as 8-car sets.
  • October 1, 1978: 3000 series trains introduced.
  • October 14, 1994: Reien-Mae Station renamed Minami-Hiragishi Station.
  • September 1995: 5000 series trains introduced.
  • June 27, 1999: 1000/2000 series trains withdrawn.
  • August 18, 2008: Women-only cars introduced on trial basis (until September 12, 2008).
  • December 15, 2008: "Women and Children Comfort Car" introduced.
  • January 30, 2009: SAPICA contactless smart card introduced.

Future developmentsEdit

Platform edge doors are scheduled to be installed on all stations by 2014.[citation needed]

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