Shanghai Keolis has opened the first section of the Songjiang tram line in China.
The 13.9km long section comprises 20 stations and runs from Canghua station in the west to Zhongchen station in the east.
Additionally, the light rail tramway offers connectivity to Shanghai’s existing metro Line 9.
Shanghai Keolis is a joint venture (JV) between Shanghai Shentong Metro Group and Keolis.
Songjiang is a suburban district of Shanghai with nearly 1.8 million residents. The opening of the tram line is expected to enable residents to switch to the faster and more environmentally friendly transportation alternative, as well as connect with the integrated metro system of the city.
In August last year, Shanghai Keolis secured a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Songjiang tram network.
The next section of the tramline is expected to open by the middle of this year, following which the Songjiang tramway will expand to a 31km long network with 46 stations.
The operator has deployed 15 Alstom-manufactured Citadis trams so far, a total of 30 Citadis trams will operate on the network.
Established in June 2014, Shanghai Keolis operates the first automated metro line of Shanghai along with the Songjiang tram line.
This year, the JV is scheduled to launch the rapid transit metro at Shanghai International Airport.
Overall, Keolis operates 21 tram networks across the world with a combined track network of 9,855km. The company is expected to launch four additional tram networks in Australia, Qatar, Canada and Denmark.