Shanghai is planning on installing around 13 kilometers of tram lines in downtown Shanghai, over 40 years after the city’s tram network was closed down.
According to Shanghai Daily:
Work on a line between Xupu and Nanpu bridges along the Huangpu River will start by 2017, according to a three-year riverside public space construction plan.
Under the plan, the line will mostly run in Xuhui district, along Longwu Road or by the riverbank.
It will help ease traffic congestion and provide a low-carbon transport option for residents and tourists, the city’s Huangpu Riverbanks development general office said.
Trams began operating in Shanghai in 1908, and more than 300 of them ran in the city before the network was closed back in the early 70s. Currently, only one tram route exists at the Zhangjiang High Tech Park in Pudong (above).
Trams seen on Jiujiang Road in the 1920s
Last year, we reported that the government was launching an environmental impact assessment into two electric tram lines that would go up in the Songjiang district and connect with Metro Line 9. The plan has since been approved and the lines are set to open in 2017.
The electric trams will have four carriages that can hold at most 368 people. The trams are considered highly energy efficient and will have a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour.
Two more routes are planned for the city’s Qingpu district, as well.
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