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Hitachi's new train for Fukuoka subway arrives at Hakata port ahead of 2022 debut

A new train carriage for use on the Fukuoka City Subway is seen after it landed at Hakata Port in Fukuoka's Hakata Ward on Sept. 27, 2021. (Mainichi/Tomohisa Yazu)

FUKUOKA -- Hitachi Ltd.'s new four-car train for use on Fukuoka City Subway's Nanakuma Line arrived at Hakata Port in this southwest Japan city on Sept. 27 and will be introduced next year.

    The 3000A series train was made at Hitachi's factory in the west Japan city of Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

    The extended section of the Nanakuma Line between Tenjin-minami and Hakata stations is slated to open in fiscal 2022. In anticipation of an increase in passengers upon the extension of the line, two trains -- including the one that landed at the city on Sept. 27 -- will be operated on the route starting from early next year, and two more trains will be introduced in fiscal 2022.

    The exterior of the new train -- with its sky blue and pale green lines -- is reminiscent of Fukuoka Airport -- gateway to and from the sky -- and the local area's mountain ridge lines. Every carriage has a space for wheelchairs and strollers, and anti-bacterial and anti-virus materials are used on the hanging straps, handrails and seats as countermeasures against the coronavirus. The 3000A series train will mark the first introduction of new cars on the Nanakuma Line since its opening in February 2005.

    (Japanese original by Akihiko Tsuchida, Kyushu News Department)

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