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19 August 2013 Shenyang tramway opens in time for 12th National Games
The first three lines of Shenyang’s proposed six-line 70km (43.5-mile) tramway network opened for service on 15 August, in time for 12th National Games that begins on 31 August. Lines 1, 2 and 5 were opened simultaneously and are expected to carry some 7.2m passengers over the two weeks of the games.
When all four lines are open, ridership is expected to reach 150 000 passengers/day.
CNR Corp has supplied 30 trams, of which one-third are 100% low-floor and the rest are 70% low-floor. The 100% low-floor trams are 34.4 m long, with capacity for 360 passengers, whereas the 70% low-floor trams are 28.8 m long, with capacity for 300 passengers, 65 seated. It is also the first modern tramway in China with sections of catenary-free operation.
Earlier this year, a Transdev-RATP Dev joint venture signed a three-year, EUR41m contract with the city of Shenyang city to operate the line, and a further two lines are under construction with a sixth under study.