Construction on southwest China's first modern tramway is scheduled to start next month.
The 20.24km track will be laid along main roads in Chengdu's Xinjin County, southwest of Shuangliu County, where it will run in the center dividing lanes.
There will be 19 stations along this line, and passenger volume is expected to be between 3,000 and 7,000 people hourly.
Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2014, and a total of six tram lines, with a total of 86 kilometers, are expected to be running in Xinjin by 2030.
A tramway was selected to meet the city's transit needs rather than a subway because the passenger capacity fulfills Xinjin's expected needs, and stops can be more frequent, solving the "last mile" problem common to subway commuters. And at a cost of RMB1 billion per kilometer as opposed to the subway's RMB7 billion per kilometer, the tramway seemed to be the more sensible option.
An investment of RMB9.1 billion will be made for the six-line project.