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‘Silkworms’ add a new spin to transport

SONGJIANG’S first tramcar had its maiden test run on Renmin Road recently in preparation for full operation next year.

Trams are part of the district’s future transport strategy. By 2020, Songjiang is aiming for more than half of its residents to travel by public transportation rather than in private cars.

Designed by Shanghai Rail Traffic Equipment Co, the 33-meter-long, silkworm-shaped tramcar is bright yellow and is the first tram in Shanghai with a floor at the same level as the entry-exit platform.

The test section for the tram on Renmin Road was paved green, with an island station in the middle of the street.

About 50 officials were on hand to witness the test run, including representatives from the Shanghai Transport Commission, the municipal Science and Technology Commission and the Shentong Metro Group.

The run, which started from Wenhui Road Station, went along Renmin Road for about 700 meters, ending at Wenxiang Road Station. Officials hailed it as a success.

The tramcar is designed to carry 300 passengers at a time and is expected to transport a maximum 15,000 passengers a day.

Construction of T1 and T2 tramcar lines is underway. Each line will have its own tracks. The T1 line will run 14.4 kilometers with 20 stops. It will start at Rongle Road W., traveling along Minyi, Xinzhen, Xinzhan and Xinyu roads to its terminus at the Xinqiao Station.

T2, with 19 stops, will start at Rongle Road W. and travel along Sanxin Road N., New Songjiang Road, Renmin Road N., Meijiabang Road, Jiasong Road S. and Guangfulin Road. Stops on Zhongchuang and Jinxi roads are in the plans but not confirmed yet. The line ends at Rongle Road E.


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