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Songjiang to get electric trams

THE Shanghai government yesterday launched an environmental impact assessment into the development of two electric tram lines in Songjiang District.

The routes will cover a combined 28.5 kilometers and link to Metro Line 9 at Songjiang University Town station. Construction is set to start in October and the lines are scheduled to go into operation in January 2017.

The trams that will run on the new lines will have four carriages and be able to carry up to 368 passengers, officials said. As well as being highly energy efficient, the trams will have a top speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

Authorities in Songjiang plan by 2020 to have six tram lines in the district, stretching 90km and serving 118 stations.

The city currently has just one such service, in Pudong’s Zhangjiang High-Tech Park.



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