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New trams planned for suburbs, towns

NEW, bigger trams will be introduced in some large residential communities to provide more public transport options in Shanghai's suburbs and new towns.

The electric-powered trams will be environmentally friendly and energy efficient. They will create less noise than Metro trains as rubber shock absorbers will be used on the wheels, said Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, which is manufacturing the trams.

The new trams will have a capacity of 368 people on four carriages. The maximum operating speed will be 80 kilometers per hour.

Shanghai plans to build 600 to 800 kilometers of tracks for the trams in the future.

Smaller trams are already used in Zhangjiang High-tech Park in the Pudong New Area. They cater to commuters shuttling between Metro Line 2 and nearby office buildings.

Residents in the suburbans and new towns often complain about the lack of public transport options linking their communities to Metro stations.


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