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Young and old queue up for return of the tram

OFFICE workers and senior citizens enjoyed the return of trams in the city yesterday, the first working day after the service was launched in the Zhangjiang High-Tech Park of the Pudong New Area.

People, both old and young, queued up to take the tram in the morning rush hour.

"It will save me lots of traffic cost," said a passenger surnamed Zhang, who lives and works in the Zhangjiang High-Tech Park but said he had bought a car for his daily commute because of poor public transport.

A tram ticket costs 2 yuan (29 US cents) and seniors can take the tram free in off-peak hours.

Many retired people queued up yesterday to relive their experience of the "rattling trams" they remembered from their youth.

"The new tram moves more steadily and causes less noise," said an 85-year-old man surnamed Li.

He got up early yesterday and left from his home in Yangpu District for the Zhangjiang High-Tech Park Metro station on Line 2, one terminal on the tram route.

Li took trams near his home in his twenties and still remembers old popular ballads about the tram.

The history of trams in Shanghai dates back nearly 100 years in the Bund area in Huangpu District. But the tram gradually disappeared as technology advanced.

The new ones can travel at 50 kilometers per hour and carry a maximum of 220 passengers.


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