tramway, light rail, rapid transit line, subway under construction planned monorali
In 1909, the Dalian
(formerly Darien) tramway was opened. It is now one of
three tramways left in the PRC, all of which are in
Manchuria. Dalian's three tram lines
total 14.7 km.
scrapping plans for a subway due to cost, Dalian planned to
reconstruct the three original trolley routes and build five new
light-rail routes with a total mileage of 500 km to form a radial type
of city transport network.
November, 2002, 46.2 km of what is now a 103.8 km Rapid Transit Network opened it's unofficial trial run. The suburban network, often associated with the metro but in reality more of an 'S-Bahn' system, currently spans 108 km and offers three transit lines, Lines 3, 7 and 8.
In July 2009, construction began on the first 58.1 km and three lines of Dailan's new elevated metro. The first phase of Line 1 opened in 2012, followed another 17 km and 13 stations in November 2015, just a few months following the May 2015 opening of Line 2. Most of the 16 station 2 line system is elevated, with some at grade and 1.1 km in tunnel.
The trains, usually driven by a two women
crew, are a combination of immaculately maintained rolling stock built
in the 1930's, and the new made in China cars as seen above.
60 km monorail was approved in 1999. Transco Holdings will design,
build and operate the Super Jumbo monorail. But they haven't yet.
Dalian is also home to an
underground Walmart and the Dalian Tramway Works.
and tramways in Dalian
Photos of Dalian tramways
Dailan Metro Wikipedia page
Photos of new Dailan LRT
Dailan LRT official
home page from Dailanbus
Youtube tram video 2
Youtube light rail video
Awesome light rail juxtaposition