|Chiba Urban Monorail|
|Locale||Chiba, Chiba Prefecture|
|Transit type||Suspension railway|
|Number of lines||2|
|Number of stations||18|
|Daily ridership||45,430 daily boardings (2008)|
|Headquarters||199-1 Hagidai-chō, Inage-ku, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture|
|Began operation||March 28, 1988|
|Operator(s)||Chiba Urban Monorail Co., Ltd.|
|Rolling stock||1000 series, 0 series (since 2012)|
|System length||15.2 km (9.44 mi)|
|Electrification||1,500 V DC|
|Chiba toshi monorēru kabushikigaisha|
|Founded||March 20, 1979|
|Hirokazu Koike (Chief Executive)|
|Owners||Government of Chiba City (92.97%)|
JFE Steel (1.57%)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (1.12%)
Chiba Bank (1.00%)
TEPCO Power Grid (0.63%)
Number of employees
The Chiba Urban Monorail (千葉都市モノレール, Chiba Toshi Monorēru) is a two-line suspended monorail system located in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It is owned and operated by Chiba Urban Monorail Co., Ltd (千葉都市モノレール株式会社, Chiba toshi monorēru kabushikigaisha), a so-called "third-sector" company established on March 20, 1979. Investors include the city of Chiba.
The first segment (Line 2 from Sports Center Station to Chishirodai Station) opened on March 28, 1988, also the rest by March 24, 1999. The PASMO contactless smart card can be used to purchase fares.
It is the world's longest suspended monorail system with a track length of 15.2 kilometres (9.4 mi).
Line 1 connects Chibaminato Station and Kenchōmae Station by a 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) multiple-track route. Operating at 1,500 V DC, trains make four intermediate stops.
|Chiba-Minato||千葉みなと||0.0 km (0 mi)||JR East: Keiyo Line|
|Shiyakusho-mae||市役所前||0.7 km (0.43 mi)|
|Chiba||千葉||1.5 km (0.93 mi)||JR East: Sōbu Line, Sotobō Line, Uchibō Line, Narita Line|
Chiba Urban Monorail Line 2
Keisei Electric Railway : Keisei Chiba Line, Keisei Chihara Line (Keisei Chiba Station)
|Sakaechō||栄町||2.0 km (1.2 mi)|
|Yoshikawakōen||葭川公園||2.5 km (1.6 mi)|
|Kenchō-mae||県庁前||3.2 km (2.0 mi)|
Line 2 connects Chiba Station and Chishiro-dai Station. Operating at 1,500 V DC, trains make 11 intermediate stops on the 12.0 kilometres (7.5 mi) multiple-track route. Nearly all trains continue on Line 1 to Chiba-Minato Station.
|Chiba||千葉||0.0 km (0 mi)||JR East: Sōbu Line, Sotobō Line, Uchibō Line, Narita Line|
Chiba Urban Monorail Line 1
Keisei Electric Railway Keisei Chiba Line, Keisei Chihara Line (Keisei Chiba Station)
|Chibakōen||千葉公園||1.1 km (0.68 mi)|
|Sakusabe||作草部||1.8 km (1.1 mi)|
|Tendai||天台||2.5 km (1.6 mi)|
|Anagawa||穴川||3.4 km (2.1 mi)|
|Sports Center||スポーツセンター||4.0 km (2.5 mi)|
|Dōbutsu-Kōen||動物公園||5.2 km (3.2 mi)|
|Mitsuwadai||みつわ台||6.2 km (3.9 mi)|
|Tsuga||都賀||7.7 km (4.8 mi)||JR East: Sōbu Line, Narita Line|
|Sakuragi||桜木||9.0 km (5.6 mi)|
|Oguradai||小倉台||10.2 km (6.3 mi)|
|Chishirodai-Kita||千城台北||11.2 km (7.0 mi)|
|Chishirodai||千城台||12.0 km (7.5 mi)|
Extensions of Line 1 had been proposed, notably a five-station, 3.4-kilometre (2.1 mi) extension from Kenchō-mae Station to Chiba Municipal Aoba Hospital. However, in 2004 an evaluation committee found that there was no need for the extension, and proposed closing the underused segment from Chiba Station to Kencho-mae Station. There was also a plan to extend the line from Anagawa Station to Inage and Inage-kaigan Station.
On 4 September 2019, Chiba City announced that it had decided to discontinue plans to extend the monorail hospital route, and not to introduce a monorail on the Inage route.