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Old March 8th, 2012, 04:25 AM   #1
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MISC | Shuttle Lines

I'm somewhat fascinated with shuttle lines whose purpose is mainly to move people between just two stations.

A line would fit in this category if:

- It's short (no more than 3-4 km)

- has only two stations

OR

- at least 3/4 of the line's ridership goes between just two stations.

The line cannot be a branch or stub of a larger line.

The most famous lines that fit this profile are the 42nd Street Shuttle in NYC (1.30km) and the Waterloo and City line in London (2.37km).

The Montreal Yellow line could also be a candidate since despite having 3 stations and being 4.25 km, most riders go from end to end.




Are these any other shuttle lines out there? Please post pictures or info on these or any other shuttle lines in this thread!
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Old March 8th, 2012, 04:54 AM   #2
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U55 in Berlin could almost fit into your classification but it has 3 stations.
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Franklin Avenue Shuttle

Has 4 stations....and is 1.48mi long...

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Old March 8th, 2012, 06:09 AM   #4
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These lines would fit your description best for systems in Japan.

Tōkyō area
Tōkyō Metro Marunouchi Line (m): 4 stations, 3.2 km
Tōkyō Metro Chiyoda Line (c): 2 stations, 2.1 km
Keisei Kanamachi Line: 3 stations, 2.5 km
Keiō Keibajō Line: 2 stations, 0.9 km
Keiō Dōbutsuen Line: 2 stations, 2.0 km
Seibu Toshima Line: 2 stations, 1.0 km
Seibu Seibuen Line: 2 stations, 2.4 km
Tōbu Daishi Line: 2 stations, 1.0 km
Tōkyū Kodomo no Kuni Line: 3 stations, 3.4 km

Nagoya area
Meitetsu Chikkō Line: 2 stations, 1.5 km

Ōsaka area
JR Hanwa Line (Hagoromo Line): 2 stations, 1.7 km
JR Wadamisaki Line: 2 stations, 2.7 km
Hankyū Imazu Line (south half): 2 stations, 1.6 km
Hankyū Kōyō Line: 3 stations, 2.2 km
Hankyū Arashiyama Line: 4 stations, 4.1 km
Kintetsu Shigi Line: 3 stations, 2.8 km
Kintetsu Dōmyōji Line: 3 stations, 2.2 km
Nankai Takashinohama Line: 3 stations, 1.5 km
Hanshin Mukogawa Line: 4 stations, 1.7 km

And while it's not really exactly what you're looking for, Singapore has some interesting APM shuttles that connect suburban developments with MRT stations.
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Old March 8th, 2012, 06:37 AM   #5
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In Taiwan, the Taipei Metro Xinbeitou and Xiaobitan Branch Lines would fit the definition:

Xinbeitou Branch Line: 2 stations, 1.2 km
Xiaobitan Branch Line: 2 stations, 1.9 km
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Old March 8th, 2012, 06:48 AM   #6
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These lines would fit your description best for systems in Japan.

Tōkyō area
Tōkyō Metro Marunouchi Line (m): 4 stations, 3.2 km
Tōkyō Metro Chiyoda Line (c): 2 stations, 2.1 km
Keisei Kanamachi Line: 3 stations, 2.5 km
Keiō Keibajō Line: 2 stations, 0.9 km
Keiō Dōbutsuen Line: 2 stations, 2.0 km
Seibu Toshima Line: 2 stations, 1.0 km
Seibu Seibuen Line: 2 stations, 2.4 km
Tōbu Daishi Line: 2 stations, 1.0 km
Tōkyū Kodomo no Kuni Line: 3 stations, 3.4 km

Nagoya area
Meitetsu Chikkō Line: 2 stations, 1.5 km

Ōsaka area
JR Hanwa Line (Hagoromo Line): 2 stations, 1.7 km
JR Wadamisaki Line: 2 stations, 2.7 km
Hankyū Imazu Line (south half): 2 stations, 1.6 km
Hankyū Kōyō Line: 3 stations, 2.2 km
Hankyū Arashiyama Line: 4 stations, 4.1 km
Kintetsu Shigi Line: 3 stations, 2.8 km
Kintetsu Dōmyōji Line: 3 stations, 2.2 km
Nankai Takashinohama Line: 3 stations, 1.5 km
Hanshin Mukogawa Line: 4 stations, 1.7 km

And while it's not really exactly what you're looking for, Singapore has some interesting APM shuttles that connect suburban developments with MRT stations.
I'm shocked that there are so many shuttle lines in Japan! So all these lines have a train that goes back and forth from end to end and riders would need to transfer to continue on to anywhere else?

I always assumed that shuttle lines would be rare and appear only in specialized situations, but apparently not so in Japan.
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Old March 8th, 2012, 06:57 AM   #7
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Chicago L system has a Skokie shuttle line that runs from Howard Station to Skokie, designated as yellow line. From Howard one transfer to Red line or Purple line and go all the way down to downtown Chicago. And even beyond that.
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Old March 8th, 2012, 08:16 AM   #8
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I'm shocked that there are so many shuttle lines in Japan! So all these lines have a train that goes back and forth from end to end and riders would need to transfer to continue on to anywhere else?

I always assumed that shuttle lines would be rare and appear only in specialized situations, but apparently not so in Japan.
I don’t think there was substantially more branching or shuttle-type services in Japan than in other countries, historically… The difference was that these small lines survive today, while in most other places, they were abandoned. A handful of these actually do have occasional service that comes directly to / from the mainline (many of these were originally designed to allow through-running), but nowadays the mainline operates much longer trains or is there is so much train traffic on the mainline that it makes more sense to operate them independently and force passengers to transfer.

Here are “categories” for these lines… Some lines actually fit more than one category, but I picked the roles that currently fit each line best.

Needed for access to car yard, but commercial service operated independent of the mainline:
Tōkyō Metro Marunouchi Line (m)
Tōkyō Metro Chiyoda Line (c)

Operated as rail access to a major trip attractor:
Keiō Keibajō Line: Fuchū Racecourse (horse racetrack)
Keiō Dōbutsuen Line: Tama Zoo
Seibu Toshima Line: Toshima-en (amusement park)
Seibu Seibuen Line: Seibu-en (amusement park)
Tōkyū Kodomo no Kuni Line: Kodomo no Kuni (amusement park)
Tōbu Daishi Line: Nishi-Arai Daishi (temple)
Hankyū Arashiyama Line: Arashiyama (historic tourist area)
Kintetsu Shigi Line: Mount Shigi (temple + recreation)

Serves as a “shuttle” between two mainlines:
Keisei Kanamachi Line
JR Hanwa Line (Hagoromo Line)
Hankyū Imazu Line (south half)
Kintetsu Dōmyōji Line

Special commute-only service to industrial uses (no service outside of commute periods):
Meitetsu Chikkō Line
JR Wadamisaki Line

Neighborhood connector to mainline:
Hankyū Kōyō Line
Hanshin Mukogawa Line
Nankai Takashinohama Line
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Hongkong has a suttle to the Disneyland, it has just two stations and passangers need to transfer from the main line (3.5m).


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On the map, Singapore's MRT Airport branch looks like it's interconnected with the Green Line, but in operation, that's not how it's ran (quite deceiving - I fell into this trap when I was rushing for my flight). One must transfer at Tanah Marah onto their Shuttle Green Line service to the Airport via Expo Station. On the map below (small one), the airport branch is on the far right:


(via sunshine traveller)

One can also consider the LRT stations (the grey ones) as a shuttle service because while there are many stops, generally, people connect to the MRT network (and it's not LRT like it is defined in North America, but think of it like an Airport Peoplemover System).
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On the map, Singapore's MRT Airport branch looks like it's interconnected with the Green Line, but in operation, that's not how it's ran (quite deceiving - I fell into this trap when I was rushing for my flight). One must transfer at Tanah Marah onto their Shuttle Green Line service to the Airport via Expo Station.
Omg... Shanghai does the same thing with it's Line 2 to Pudong. Almost missed my flight because of it.
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Omg... Shanghai does the same thing with it's Line 2 to Pudong. Almost missed my flight because of it.
Most Funiculars are true "shuttles" too. Examples in Lyon, Zürich. Barcelona, and many other cities around the world.
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isn't there a Line 11 in Moscow that has 3 stations?

There's the Dinky in Princeton, NJ that just goes between Princeton Jct and Princetion station.

That Yellow Line in Skokie, IL will soon have an intermediate station.

There was a 3-stop Grand St Shuttle in New York, NY from 2001 to 2004 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Street_Shuttle).

The Rockaway Shuttle in Queens, NYC has five stops. During rush hours peak direction, shuttle trains go all the way to Columbus Circle in Manhattan.
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In Taiwan, the Taipei Metro Xinbeitou and Xiaobitan Branch Lines would fit the definition:

Xinbeitou Branch Line: 2 stations, 1.2 km
Xiaobitan Branch Line: 2 stations, 1.9 km
Taipei has actually one more shuttle service (light green):


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Ximen - C.K.S. Memorial Hall opened 31 Aug. 2000 is now operating as a shuttle with one intermediate station, Xiaonanmen. In the future this service will become a diverted (dark) green line.
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U55 in Berlin could almost fit into your classification but it has 3 stations.
It's already being extended though to the U5 at Alexanderplatz as was the original plan. It's only a stub for now and not a permanent one.
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Berlin has huge financial problems, so the line U55 wont be connected to U5 for many years now. It took them ages to finish just this short shuttle line. It will take at least 7 or maybe 10 years to fill the gap between those two lines, in my opinion.
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Berlin has huge financial problems, so the line U55 wont be connected to U5 for many years now. It took them ages to finish just this short shuttle line. It will take at least 7 or maybe 10 years to fill the gap between those two lines, in my opinion.
Yes, but construction is still continuing according to the BVG. The plan phases say that work is still continuing around the Marx-Engels-Forum to make a hole for the TBM to be lowered to start the digging.

We'll have to see how it goes. Marx was moved to a new location from the square so perhaps they're still planning to proceed at present with the planned timeline. Opening of the line is in 2019(!).
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In Lausanne there were two short and parallel rack railway lines. One 1,5 km long and with 5 stations (LO), one just 300 m long and with just two stations (LG). LO used two trains crossing midway, LG used a single electric railcar shuttling back and forth. They had a common management and a common depot, but they used different types of vehicles (with floor at different heights and doors on opposite sides). These lines have been converted in an automatic metro in 2008.

The Dutch Wikipedia has a good plan: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandradbaan_Lausanne-Ouchy
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so perhaps they're still planning to proceed at present with the planned timeline. Opening of the line is in 2019(!).
Yes, construction has started, some trees have been chopped already.

Berlin has had another shuttle before the wall came down. It was called U3 and had 3 stations (Wittenbergplatz, Kurfürstendamm, Uhlandstraße) and was mainly used by tourists.
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