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City plans six tram routes in Songjiang

Shanghai’s Songjiang District is expected to have six tram routes by 2020, featuring a total of 90 kilometers of track, 118 stations and eight junctions. The first two routes are planned to be finished by 2016.

According to a blueprint publicized by the Shanghai Transport and Port Administration on its website, five of the tram routes will be within Songjiang New Town, providing links to Metro lines 9, 12 and 22 with the latter two still in the planning stages.

The tram lines will be named T1 through T6. T1 and phase one of T2 will be built first, featuring 28.5 kilometers of track.

The electric-powered trams each have four carriages with a capacity of 368 people. With a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour, they look like a combination of bus and train. They also use less energy than other modes of transport.

The wheels will feature rubber shock absorbers to make them quieter than subway trains.

T1 will feature 25 stations beginning at New Songjiang Road. It will link to Metro Line 9 at Songjiang Sports Center Station and continue east to connect with the future Metro Line 22 at Xinqiao Station.

The first phase of T2 has 19 stations, starting from Sanxin Road S. It will connect to Metro Line 9 at Songjiang University Town and travel east to Rongle Road.

The T3 line will feature a “U-shaped” route in Songjiang New Town’s south.

A tram base and two parking lots will also be built. The 200,000-square-meter tram base, equal to almost 30 soccer fields, will be at Chengta Road, close to the east end of T1, while the two parking lots — 20,000 square meters each — will be at Songjiang University Town Station and Xinqiao Station, according to the blueprint.

The tram lines will help fill a public transportation shortage in the city’s outskirts, linking new towns to the Metro network. Officials hope to build 700 to 800 kilometers of tram tracks in the next five to 10 years.

Residents can e-mail suggestions and concerns to regarding the tram blueprint until October 6.



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