- Port Island Line
The Nihongo|Port Island Line|ポートアイランド線|Port Island sen, commonly known as Nihongo|Port Liner|ポートライナー is an urban
automated guideway transit(AGT) system in Kobe, Japan, operated by Kobe New Transit. Opened in February 1981, it was the world's first urban AGT.
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.
As the map indicates, the present system consists of one straight line, originating at
Sannomiya Stationand 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.
All stations are located in Chūō-ku, Kobe.
Kobe New Transit 2000 series
Airport rail link
*ja [http://www.knt-liner.co.jp/ Official site]
*en [http://www.knt-liner.co.jp/english/index.asp English part of official site]
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