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City may add streetcars

THE northern Bund area and the Hongqiao business zone might get streetcars in near future as urban planners seek ways to boost public transport capacity and efficiency.

Shanghai will build more bus-only lanes and routes for the trams in the future to help tackle the shortage of transport capacity in the face of the rapidly growing daily travel demand, according to government urban traffic experts currently working on the city's public transport development guidelines for the next five to 10 years. The planned changes include setting up tram routes in the northern area of the Bund and inside the Hongqiao business zone.

Experts believed with dedicated ground tracks, trams could run consistently at more than 20 kilometers per hour, much faster than ordinary buses that constantly run into congestion.

Streetcars would also be expanded if they prove effective, according to planners.


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