Tramway back on track in Paris

28th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 27 (AFP) - The return of the tramway to Paris boulevards for the first time since 1937 was marked Thursday by the city's mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, in a ceremony symbolically opening the network.

PARIS, Jan 27 (AFP) - The return of the tramway to Paris boulevards for the first time since 1937 was marked Thursday by the city's mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, in a ceremony symbolically opening the network.

The tramway, an important component in Paris' bid to win the 2012 Olympic Games, will be capable of carrying 100,000 passengers a day around the southern districts of the capital.

The first rails of the EUR 311 million (USD 405 million) system were put down Thursday but it is not scheduled to begin carrying passengers until late next year.

Delanoe has promoted improved public transport and imposed a series of restrictions on traffic as a means of persuading Parisians to leave their automobiles at home.

The tramway network in Paris once covered 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) of rails, but its 80-year history came to an end shortly before World War Two.

© AFP

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