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China also seems to be kicking off a tram/light rail boom, as DoDo predicted a few years ago. :)

Wikipeida has a doubtless out of date article about trams in China, and this SkyscraperCity thread has lots of news from January 2014 onwards. Skoda and AnsaldoBreda, among others, have licensed designs to Chinese manufacturers, which will no doubt evolve into 100 per cent domestic Chinese trams.

Here's a list of new and upcoming lines as of January 2014, cribbed from SkyscraperCity:

Shenyang, tram Line 6 opening in June 2014, Line 4 to construct in 2014
Nanjing, opens in August 2014
Huai'an, opens in September 2014
Suzhou, opens in December 2014
Guangzhou, Haizhu line opens in December 2014
Shenzhen, opens in December 2014
Chengdu, opens in June 2015
Haikou, opens in December 2015
Wuhan, opens in 2015
Beijing, Xijiao line opens in 2015
Foshan, opens in 2016
Zhuhai, opens in 2016
Chongqing, 2 lines planned
Zhuzhou, 3 lines planned
Shanghai, 6 lines planned
by Gag Halfrunt on Fri Sep 18th, 2015 at 11:07:28 AM EST
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Lots of delays, which IMHO will also apply to newer projects in this recent write-up.

The niche where I saw room for a tram boom in China was the hundreds of mid-sized cities too small for a full metro. Of the above, I would only count Huai'an and maybe Zhuhai in that category, the rest are in big cities and often held back when city planners realise that they need (or have a higher-priority need for) something higher-capacity. So light-rail construction is gathering steam but I see no boom yet, though it may be closer, if say Huai'an proves to be a good model to follow :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Sep 18th, 2015 at 04:00:47 PM EST
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Meanwhile:

Addis Ababa light rail opens - Railway Gazette

ETHIOPIA: The first light rail line in Addis Ababa was opened for revenue service on September 20, following several months of test running. Hundreds of residents queued for hours ahead of the opening to sample the new service.

Designed to relieve growing road congestion as the city's population passes 5 million inhabitants, the 34 km two-line network serving 39 stations has been constructed by China Railway Engineering Corp at an estimated cost of US$475m. The project has been 85% funded by loans from Export-Import Bank of China.

...The network is operated by a fleet of 41 three-section 70% low-floor trams supplied by CNR Changchun. With trams running at up to 70 km/h, the two routes are designed to carry up to 15 000 passengers/h in each direction.

Services are initially operating between 06.00 and 22.00 each day, with Chinese contractors providing both the drivers and the maintenance staff. The Chinese will also be responsible for maintaining the tramway's independent power supply network which includes four substations with a total rating of 160 MW.

...Insisting that `the light rail is not for commercial purposes', Gebeyehu explained that ticket prices would be `very cheap' in order to `serve people with low incomes'.

At last one of these risky projects pursued by China in Africa has been delivered. The next one should be Lagos, Nigeria.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Sep 22nd, 2015 at 07:05:06 AM EST
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