August 16, 2013

Shenyang opens light rail network

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TRIAL operation began on the light rail network in the Chinese city of Shenyang on August 15, when the first passengers travelled on the 60km system.

Construction began on the Yuan 4.86bn project in February 2012, and the four-line network is expected to carry around 150,000 passengers per day. The project has been completed in time for the 12th National Games of the People's Republic of China, which will be held in the city between August 31 and September 12.

CNR Changchun is supplying a fleet of low-floor LRVs for the four-line network, which are equipped with Voith supercapacitor energy storage units for catenary-free operation.

The network is operated by a joint venture between the city of Shenyang (49%) and RATP and Transdev (51%) under a three-year contract signed in April.

Following the completion of the trial phase, full commercial operations are expected to begin on September 15.


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