On December 26, Keolis, through its Chinese joint venture, Shanghai Keolis, has opened its first section of the Songjiang tram line. Songjiang is a suburban district of Shanghai which counts 1.8 million residents. The tram section has a length of 13.9 served by 20 stations. It covers the area from Canghua Rd station in the west to Zhongchen Rd station in the east which serves residential areas and universities.
The tram also connects to Shanghai’s metro line 9, enabling residents in the area to benefit from an integrated shared mobility network which is efficient and environmentally friendly.
The service is being operated with 15 Citadis trams manufactured by Alstom and these will initially run every 10 minutes. The Songjiang tram is the first tram to be operated by Shanghai Keolis in China.
Following the opening of a next section of the network, scheduled in mid-2019, it will then be 31km long and have 46 stations. In addition, there will be an increase to 30 Citadis trams in total, and with this opening of this section the network is expected to then carry about 170,000 passengers per day.
Shanghai Keolis was awarded August 2018 a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Songjiang tram network. Shanghai Keolis comprises Shanghai Shentong Metro Group (51%) and Keolis (49%).