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A 6000 series train inter-running on the Odakyū Odawara Line, at Higashi-Kitazawa
Route map

The Chiyoda Line (千代田線 Chiyoda-sen ?) is a rapid transit line of the Tokyo Metro in Tokyo, Japan, its official name being Line 9 Chiyoda Line (9号線千代田線 9-gō sen Chiyoda-sen ?) which is rarely used.

Trains interoperate on both ends: more than half trains to the north-east with the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) Jōban Line beyond Ayase down to Toride; some to the south-west with the Odakyū Electric Railway Odawara Line beyond Yoyogi-Uehara down to Hon-Atsugi, and more trains than to Hon-Atsugi, to Karakida on Tama Line.

The 21.9 km main line serves the wards of Tokyo: Adachi, Arakawa, Bunkyō, Chiyoda, Minato and Shibuya; a short stretch of tunnel in Taitō with no station. A 2.1km branch line goes from Ayase to Kita-Ayase both in Adachi. The colour of the line shown on maps and signboards is dark green, and EMUs of Tokyo Metro proper are lined with the colour (see photograph). Station numbers carry the preceding letter C. Automatic Train Operation is used on the line between Ayase and Kita Ayase.

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, as of June 2009 the Chiyoda Line was the second most crowded subway line in Tokyo, at its peak running at 181% capacity between Machiya and Nishi-Nippori stations.[1]

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Development

The Chiyoda Line was originally proposed in 1962 as a line from Setagaya to Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture: the initial name was Line 8. In 1964, the plan was changed slightly so that through service would be offered on the Jōban Line north of Tokyo, and the number was changed to Line 9.

Line 9 was designed to pass through build-up area in Chiyoda, and also intended to relieve the busy Ginza Line and Hibiya Line, which follow a roughly similar route through central Tokyo.

The first stretch was opened on December 20, 1969 between Kita-Senju and Ōtemachi. The line was almost completed by October 10, 1972 when it reached Yoyogi-Kōen, although the 1 km section to Yoyogi-Uehara was not completed until March 31, 1978. The branch line to Kita-Ayase was opened on December 20, 1979.

In May 15, 2006, women-only cars were introduced on early-morning trains from Toride on the Jōban Line to Yoyogi-Uehara.

From March 18, 2008, Odakyū Romancecar trains began to run from Kita-Senju to Hakone-Yumoto (on Hakone Tozan Line) and Karakida (on Odakyū Tama Line. Trains also run from/to Shin-Kiba using a connecting line between the Yūrakuchō Line and Chiyoda Line. It is the first time that reserved-seating trains have operated on a Japanese subway.

Stations

Chiyoda Line route map
Legend
Continuation backward
Odakyu Odawara Line for Odawara
Station on elevated
(C-01) Yoyogi-Uehara Odakyu Odawara Line
Track turning from left Unknown route-map component "ABZdf" Track turning from right
Straight track Enter tunnel Straight track
Track turning left Unknown route-map component "tKRZ" Station on transverse track
Yoyogi-Hachiman Odakyu Odawara Line for Shinjuku
Unknown route-map component "tSTR" Unknown route-map component "tKDSTa"
Yoyogi Depot
Unknown route-map component "tABZrg" Unknown route-map component "tSTRrf"
Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
(C-02) Yoyogi-Koen
Transverse track Unknown route-map component "tKRZ" Station on transverse track
Harajuku JR Yamanote
Unknown route-map component "tTBHFt"
(C-03) Meiji-Jingumae Fukutoshin Line
Unknown route-map component "tTBHFt"
(C-04) Omotesando Ginza LineHanzōmon Line
Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
(C-05) Nogizaka
Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
(C-06) Akasaka
Unknown route-map component "tBHFq" Unknown route-map component "tKRZt" Unknown route-map component "tSTRq"
Tameike Sanno Ginza LineNamboku Line
Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
(C-07) Kokkai-gijidomae Marunouchi Line
Unknown route-map component "tABZrg" Unknown route-map component "CHRISBOT2"
Servicing connection to Yurakucho Line
Unknown route-map component "tTBHFt"
(C-08) Kasumigaseki Marunouchi LineHibiya Line
Unknown route-map component "tTBHFt"
(C-09) Hibiya Hibiya LineMita Line
Unknown route-map component "TBHFt" Unknown route-map component "tKRZt" Unknown route-map component "tSTRq"
Yurakucho Yūrakuchō Line JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku
Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
Nijubashimae (C-10)
Unknown route-map component "tTBHFt" Unknown route-map component "tTBHFt"
(C-11) Otemachi Marunouchi LineHanzōmon LineTōzai LineMita Line
Unknown route-map component "tTBHFt" Unknown route-map component "tKRZt" Unknown route-map component "tSTRq"
Awajicho Marunouchi Line Shinjuku Line
Unknown route-map component "tSTR" Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
(C-12) Shin-Ochanomizu
Transverse track Unknown route-map component "tKRZ" Station on transverse track
Ochanomizu JR Chuo
Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
(C-13) Yushima
Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
(C-14) Nezu
Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
(C-15) Sendagi
Transverse track Unknown route-map component "tTBHF" Transverse track
(C-16) Nishi-Nippori JR Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku
Station on track Unknown route-map component "tBHF"
(C-17) Machiya Keisei Main Line, Toden Arakawa Line
Track turning right Unknown route-map component "tSTR"
Track turning from right Unknown route-map component "tSTR"
Joban Line/Hibiya Line/Tobu Line for central Tokyo
Right side of cross-platform interchange Unknown route-map component "tCPICr"
(C-18) Kita-Senju Hibiya LineJR Joban, Tobu Isesaki Line, Tsukuba Express
Straight track Exit tunnel
Elevated start Elevated start
Elevated over water Elevated over water
Arakawa River
Unknown route-map component "AKRZu" Unknown route-map component "AKRZu"
Central Circular Route
Elevated over water Elevated over water
Ayase River
Unknown route-map component "AKRZu" Unknown route-map component "AKRZu"
Shuto Expressway Line 6 Misato Route
Elevated Station on elevated
(C-19) Ayase
Elevated Unknown route-map component "ABZlf-ELEV" Unknown route-map component "STRlg-ELEV"
Ayase Branch Line splits from Joban Line
Elevated Elevated Unknown route-map component "HST-ELEV"
(C-20) Kita-Ayase
Elevated Elevated Non-passenger end station
Ayase Depot
Continuation forward Continuation forward
Joban Rapid and Local Line for Matsudo, Abiko, Toride

Lines with transfer are of Tokyo Metro unless noted.

Station Distance (km) Limited Express Transfers Location
(Ward in Tokyo)
C-1 Yoyogi-uehara   0.0 (/*) Odakyu Electric Railway: Odawara Line through trains Shibuya
C-2 Yoyogi-Kōen 1.0 1.0 /  
C-3 Meiji-jingūmae 1.2 2.2 / Fukutoshin LineFukutoshin Line

At Harajuku:

C-4 Omotesandō 0.9 3.1 S Minato
C-5 Nogizaka 1.4 4.5 /  
C-6 Akasaka 1.1 5.6 /  
C-7 Kokkai-gijidō-mae 0.8 6.4 /

At Tameike-Sannō:

Chiyoda
C-8 Kasumigaseki 0.8 7.2 S*
C-9 Hibiya 0.8 8.0 /

At Yūrakuchō:

C-10 Nijūbashimae 0.7 8.7 /  
C-11 Ōtemachi 0.7 9.4 S
  • Hanzōmon Line Hanzōmon Line (Z-08)
  • Marunouchi Line Marunouchi Line (M-18)
  • Tōzai Line Tōzai Line (T-09)
  • Toei: Mita LineMita Line (I-09)
C-12 Shin-Ochanomizu 1.3 10.7 / At Ogawamachi:

At Awajichō:

  • Marunouchi LineMarunouchi Line (M-19)

At Ochanomizu:

C-13 Yushima 1.2 11.9 /   Bunkyō
C-14 Nezu 1.2 13.1 /  
C-15 Sendagi 1.0 14.1 /  
C-16 Nishi-Nippori 0.9 15.0 / Arakawa
C-17 Machiya 1.7 16.7 /

Keisei Electric Railway (Keisei): Main Line

At Machiya Ekimae: Tokyo Toden (tram): Arakawa Line

C-18 Kita-Senju 2.6 19.3 S Adachi
C-19 Ayase 2.6 21.9 /
  • Chiyoda LineChiyoda Line "Kita-Ayase branch line"
  • JR East: Jōban Line (through trains)
Kita-Ayase Branch Line
C-19 Ayase   21.9  
  • Chiyoda LineChiyoda Line ("main line") for Yoyogi-Uehara
  • JR East: Jōban Line
Adachi
C-20 Kita-Ayase 2.1 24.0    
  • See about Limited Express services:
    • All trains run through Odakyū Lines, for Hakone-Yumoto, Hon-Atsugi (on Odakyū Odawara Line) and Karakida Station.
    • Passengers can't use Limited Express trains only in Tokyo Metro sections. They have to ride from/to Odakyū Lines.
    • All trains stop at "S", and pass at "/".
    • At Yoyogi-Uehara, all trains stop, but don't treat passenger service, only change its staffs from Odakyū to Tokyo Metro, or revert.
    • Almost of them run from/to Kita-Senju or Ōtemachi, but "Bay Resort" goes to Shin-Kiba on Yūrakuchō Line. It doesn't stop at Kasumigaseki, and goes on the connection line between Kasumigaseki and Sakuradamon Station.
  • Other trains from Odakyū Lines, Tama Express, Express and Semi-Express stop all stations on Chiyoda Line.

Rolling stock

Listed below are currently used, all are 10-car formations unless otherwise indicated. Numbers in parentheses are of formations currently in service.

See also

References

  • Shaw, Dennis and Morioka, Hisashi, "Tokyo Subways", published 1992 by Hoikusha Publishing
  1. ^ Metropolis, "Commute", June 12, 2009, p. 07. Capacity is defined as all passengers having a seat or a strap or door railing to hold on to.
  2. ^ Tokyo Metro news release: [http://www.tokyometro.jp/news/2009/2009-70.html 環境配慮型の新型車両16000系 千代田線に導入決定!! (Environmentally friendly new 16000 series trains to be introduced on Chiyoda Line), (21 December 2009)]. Retrieved 22 December 2009. (Japanese)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]

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