July 28, 2017

Wuhan opens first light rail line

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TRIAL operation began on the first light rail line in Wuhan on July 28, with the launch of 28 days of free travel on the 16.8km Line T1, which serves southwestern districts of the city.

The 22-station line links Deshengang in Guanlianhu with Chelun Square, a short distance from the southern terminus of metro Line 3 at Zhuanyang Boulevard.

Services are operated by a fleet of CRRC Zhuzhou low-floor LRVs, which are equipped with supercapacitors for catenary-free operation. The supercapacitors are charged at stations, taking less than 30 seconds to complete, and each charging cycle provides sufficient power for up to 4km of catenary-free running.

Each 37m-long vehicle accommodates up to 400 passengers, 60 of them seated.

Wuhan’s contactless public transport smartcard and UnionPay mobile phone payment can be used on the tram.

Wuhan tram

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