Paris tests its new tramway

12th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 12 (AFP) - Paris on Wednesday conducted its first test run of a new tramway that, once completed at the end of next year, will transport 100,000 passengers a day through the city's southern residential districts.

PARIS, Oct 12 (AFP) - Paris on Wednesday conducted its first test run of a new tramway that, once completed at the end of next year, will transport 100,000 passengers a day through the city's southern residential districts.

Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, who is spearheading the 200-million-euro project, said after riding a short distance on the tram that the experience was "excellent".

The head of the regional council, Jean-Paul Huchon, added it was "very quiet" and declared "a dream is being realised."

Once the eight kilometres of line are laid and the 19 stops built, the tramway will become one of the busiest in operation in Europe.

Orignally designed as a key component of the French capital's failed bid to host the 2012 Olympics, the project signals the tramway's return to Paris after an absence of nearly seven decades.

A previous tram network used to cover 1,000 kilometres of rails in the city, but its 80-year history came to an end in 1937.

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