Chiba Urban Monorail

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Chiba Urban Monorail
Location Chiba, Chiba
Type suspended
Builder Mitsubishi
Length 15.5 kilometres
Inaugration 1988
Lines 1
Stations 15
Daily ridership 40,000
Operator Chiba Urban Monorail Co., Ltd

The Chiba Urban Monorail (千葉都市モノレール Chiba Toshi Monorēru?) is a third-sector two-line transportation system. Established March 20, 1979, the system is operated by Chiba Urban Monorail Co., Ltd (千葉都市モノレール株式会社 Chiba Toshi Monorēru Kabushiki-gaisha?), headquartered in Chiba. Investors include Chiba Prefecture and the city of Chiba.

The track totals 15.2 km, giving it the world record for the longest suspended monorail system.


Line 1

Line 1 connects Chiba Minato Station and Kencho-mae Station with a 3.2 km multiple-track route. Operating at 1500 VDC, trains make four intermediate stops between the terminals.


Extension plans

Various extensions of Line 1 have been proposed, notably a five-station, 3.4-km extension of the line from Kencho-mae to Shiritsu-byoin-mae. However, in 2004 an evaluation committee found that there was no need for the extension, and to the contrary, proposed terminating service on the underused segment from Chiba Station to Kencho-mae. An alternative 2-km extension to Chiba University is currently under consideration.

Line 2

Line 2 connects Chiba Station and Chishiro-dai Station. Operating at 1500 VDC, trains make 11 intermediate stops on the 12.0 km multiple-track route between the terminals. Nearly all trains enter Line 1 and continue to Chiba Minato Station.


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