Shanghai’s Songjiang District is due to have six tram routes by 2020 that include 118 stations, 8 junctions and a total 90 kilometres of track. Completion of the first two routes is planned for 2016, Shanghai Daily reports.
According to a blueprint released by the Shanghai Transport and Port Administration, 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 with T1 and phase one of T2 being built first covering 28.5 kilometres of track.
T1 will feature 25 stations starting from New Songjiang Road then heading east to link with Metro Line 9 at Songjiang Sports Centre Station and continuing to reach the future Metro Line 22 at Xinqiao Station.
The first phase of T2 has 19 stations, starting from Sanxin Road South then connecting with Metro Line 9 at Songjiang University Town and traveling east to Rongle Road.
A 200,000-square-metre tram base, equal to almost 30 soccer fields, will be built at Chengta Road and two 20,000 square metre parking lots will be built at Songjiang University Town Station and Xinqiao Station.
The electric-powered trams each have four carriages that can hold 368 people and have a maximum speed of 80 kph (50 mph). The wheels will feature rubber shock absorbers to make them quieter than subway trains.
By Sam Canpadee
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