First tram line enters operation in Jiaxing city

Jiaxing tram Shenjia, the Shanghai Keolis’ joint venture, started the passenger services on the first line of Jiaxing tram network.

In October 2020, the Jiaxing Public Transport Authority awarded Shenjia a 5-year operation and maintenance contract, which is the Group’s first contract outside Shanghai.

The line has a length of 11 km served by 11 stations and carries more than 20,000 passengers per day. The tram line provides transport connection between Jiaxing South high-speed railway station and the city centre within 35 minutes.

Between April and June 2021, Shanghai Keolis conducted a successful 3-month trial phase in order to prepare the commissioning of the network and achieve operational excellence right from the start.

This is the first tram network in the province of Zhejiang, which is home to 57 million people, who will now be able to enjoy safe, smart and sustainable travel in the city of Jiaxing, thanks to this new mobility solution.

The 100% catenary-free Jiaxing tram network is equipped with 5G technology that enables permanent communication between the vehicles and the ground.

The 20 trams manufactured by CRRC have a capacity of 368 passengers which are able to buy tickets using a QR code on their smartphones. The trams are fitted with batteries capable of storing up to 48 kWh of energy after a 30-second rapid charge in every station. The network is also equipped with laser radars and infrared cameras to detect obstacles, a system to count passenger flows and a system that analyses the behaviour of the drivers.

In Jiaxing, Shanghai Keolis fulfilled its commitment to developing local talent by recruiting 200 employees, including drivers, maintenance technicians and customer service staff. They were then trained on the Songjiang tram network, operated by Shanghai Keolis in Shanghai, in order to prepare for the start-up of the Jiaxing network.

By the end of 2021, the city is expecting to open the second tram line forming a network covering 15.6 km in total with 26 stations. A third line is planned for 2023, creating a 35.7-km network with 55 stations.


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