|Owner||Sainðaul Metro Company (SMC)|
|Locale||Capital Special Administration District and surroundings|
|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||17|
|Headquarters||Koshorindas Dawi 345, 2-21 Kushidaru-Amiya, Juwon|
|Character||Mostly underground, with elevated sections|
|Train length||6 to 12 cars|
|Headway||Peak hours: 1–5 min.|
Off-peak: 5–10 min.
|First departure||4:45 am|
|Last arrival||Weekdays: 1:15 am|
Fri/Sat: 2:00 am
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||3000 V third rail|
|Average speed||45 km/h|
|Top speed||120 km/h|
The Sainðaul Metro (安作崎地下鉄, Sainðaul Jikaches) is the metro system covering central Sainðaul as well as its metropolitan area, in Izaland. Including the railway network operated by Izarail and other private companies, it makes up one of the most extended urban railway networks in the world. The first railway line, the current line 2, opened in 1921. The current network as of October 2020, consists of 16 lines serving XX stations with an extension of 498,7 kilometers. In this article only the 16 lines operated by Sainðaul Metro Company (SMC) are described, while the network is completed by a handful of other lines operated by the satellite cities (such as Riimibaiken, Onnojaris) and other private railway companies.
As of October 2020, the following lines are being extended:
- Line 1: extension from Ikashumai Sports Center Station to Yakata (interchange with line 10. - by 2022
- New Sainnae Direct Link project: a new undersea and underground heavy rail connecting Sakamuso (terminus of the Sainnae Railwat) with Sainðaul Central Station, to create thru services with the Keisabu Line.
Accidents and incidents
- 1936: Rail derailment between Aguri 2-sa and Anagusa Mukai on line 4, causing 23 victims and 167 injured.
- 1941: Tunnel collapse during the construction works of the line 6 between Kotoshiruna and Kasakuri.
Today, the Sainðaul Metro consists of 16 lines identified by different colors: (list to be expanded)
|Opening date||Last extension|| Stations
|Termini|| daily ridership
|System||On the map||Details|
|50,7||1923||2022||35||Ikashuni Sports Center - Enikezya Forum||795,000||Heavy Rail|| |
|26,2||1921||2003||18||Naezoto - Mokoba/Hintomaul||Heavy Rail|| |
|25,1||1926||1936||23||Bibawara - Iyogateri||Heavy Rail|| |
|18,2||1932||1976||17||Abawauri - Kawaei||Heavy Rail|| |
|16,1||1938||1988||11||Tsuragoi - Jisahara||Heavy Rail|
|19,5||1948||1972||15||Kasakuri - Kōtō Satahappi||Heavy Rail|
|26,7||1967||2002||20||Akettun-Shendao - Sakamuso||Heavy Rail|| |
|24,5||1978||2020||23||Kishagoi - Komayunden||Heavy Rail|| |
|14,3||1982||2005||12||Teyomuka - Shōryan Daishi||Light Metro|
|32,3||1986||1994||25||Shakihori - Osenude Kaihwin||Heavy Rail|| |
|22,1||1991||1999||18||Itsayuki Tonjo - Shiki-Jisahara||190,000||Heavy Rail|| |
|11,4||2003||2015||9||Kayatsori - Tanjānli||Light Metro|| |
|35,9||2005||2016||25||Asunahama Int'l Airport - Kashimochi||190,000||Heavy Rail|| |
|23,3||2012||21||Migawarae - Tanjānli||Light Metro|
|33,0||2013||2019||25||Asunahama Int'l Airport - Sakamuso||Heavy Rail|
|69,0||2016||2019||52||Kamaishi Kaiyan Kōen - Tsukitonai||1,245,335||Heavy Rail|
|50,0||2016||2019||31||Mewakate-Kippai - Bibantōri||967,228||Heavy Rail|
Sainðaul Metro network stations are built either underground and overground (at grade or elevated), and access to the tracks are regulated by ticket gates. The busiest stations are also usually connected with Izarail railway station complexes with multi-level corridors going through shopping malls and arcades.
As of 2020, nearly the 90% of the stations have platform doors in order to prevent people to fall into the tracks or similar accidents. Lines 3, 4 and 7 still have some stations without them, however SMC plans to complete the installation of them by the end of 2022.
At the same way, the 95% of the stations are totally accessible, with elevator and escalator, and SMC will complete by the first half of the 2020s the upgrade of older stations, mostly on line 1.
Different styles of Sainðaul metro stations.
The Sainðaul Metro is mostly underground, with some sections on viaduct, and a few at grade. Two lines cross the Tandan Strait, the 15 and 16, sharing tracks on the undersea tunnel section.
The tracks are mostly standard gauge (1,435 mm), while the Line 1, 2 and 3 are in wide gauge (1520 mm). Electric power is supplied by a overhead catenary electrified at 3000 V DC.
Lines 1, 8 and 15 also offer express services, with trains skipping certain stations.
Lines 5, 8, 9 and 15 have direct services to Izarail or other private railways.
The first train leaves each terminus at 04:45. The last train, at 01:15, except on Fridays Saturdays and on nights before a holiday, when the service ends at 02:00. The new line 16, the driverless and longest line of the service, runs no stop during the night with a train every 30 minutes between 2 am and 5 am.