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2 tram routes planned for Songjiang residents

TWO new tram routes are scheduled to start operating from January 2017 in Songjiang District, the district head said yesterday.

Construction work on the T1 and part of T2 lines will start in October. The tracks will cover a distance of  28.5 kilometers and will connect to Metro Line 9, Yu Taiwei, the district director, said in an online interview.

“The district has planned a total of six tram routes by 2020, featuring a total of 90 kilometers of track, 118 stations and eight junctions,” Yu said.

The electric-powered trams will have  four carriages with a capacity of 368 people. They look like a combination of bus and train and will have a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

They also use less energy than other modes of transport. The wheels will feature rubber shock absorbers to make them quieter than subway trains. Shanghai’s only tram service is in Pudong’s Zhangjiang High-Tech Park.

The district will also have China’s  first underground five-star hotel. The  hotel, which will open in 2016, will be  located in a 100-meter-deep pit near Sheshan Hill, Yu said. It will have two floors above sea-level while the remaining 16 floors will be under water.


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