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New trams to turn red lights green

Trams in Pudong's Zhangjiang area will be fitted with an auto-sensor system which will turn traffic lights green as they approach when the service is put into operation later this year.


The first batch of trams has arrived in the city and the first-phase of construction will be finished in May.


The electric trams will run on a single track with stops in the middle of the street.


Zhang Cailuo, an official with the Zhangjiang administrative commission, said the Shanghai Public Transportation Card can be used on the service once the line is open for business.


The 10-kilometer route will link Zhangjiang High-Tech Park Metro Station on Line 2 to Jinqiu Road in the Zhangjiang Semiconductor Industry Park.


There will be 15 stops to service office buildings, research institutes, universities and residential areas. The service will run daily from 6am to 9pm and each tram will be able to carry 167 passengers.


(Shanghai Daily February 17, 2009)