China: Keolis Wins Contract for Operation of Tram Network in Shanghai

Tram network © Keolis

Shanghai Keolis, a joint venture between Shanghai Shentong Metro Group and Keolis, has won a five-year contract to operate and maintain the first tram network in Shanghai. The 31km network consists of two lines with 46 stations across the Songjiang district of the city.

The first 13.9km of track, with 20 stations, is scheduled to open on 25 December 2018. The remaining section will open in mid-2019. Keolis will operate 30 Alstom Citadis trams on the network with a headway of approximately 10 minutes.

The service, which will operate between 5am and 11pm, is expected to carry around 170,000 passengers per day. The stops on the network include connections to the Shanghai Metro and a high-speed train service.

Bernard Tabary, International CEO of Keolis, said:

“The Songjiang Tram project is another important milestone for Shanghai Keolis in this enduring partnership between Keolis Group and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group to better address and support growing urban mobility needs in China.”

This agreement follows other recent projects for Shanghai Keolis – the operation of the first automated driverless metro in Shanghai, the Puijang Line, which opened on 31 March 2018, and a contract to operate the new rapid transit metro system at Shanghai International Airport.

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