Shanghai Keolis, the joint venture of Shanghai Shentong Metro Group and Keolis, announced the completion of the Songjiang tram network, with the addition of around 2.4 miles. The 19-mile network now includes 46 stations serving residential areas, universities, and the Shanghai metro network.
Keolis was awarded a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Songjiang tram network in August 2018, and opened first section (approximately 8.6 miles) at the end of 2018 followed by a second section (approximately 8 miles) in August 2019.
Songjiang is a suburban district of Shanghai with a population of 1.8 million. The tram network project was initiated by Songjiang Transportation Investment Operation Group to offer a more sustainable and reliable shared mobility solution to residents and visitors, as well as reduce the use of private cars.
The tram network is expected to carry 170,000 passengers per day. The service is being operated with 30 Citadis trams, made by Alstom, which run about every 10 minutes. The Songjiang tram is the first tram to be operated by Shanghai Keolis in China.