Date
25 March 2017
Emmanuel Vivant  stands in front of the air-conditioned tram which goes into service on Monday on a trhee-month trial run. Hong Kong Tramways
Emmanuel Vivant stands in front of the air-conditioned tram which goes into service on Monday on a trhee-month trial run. Hong Kong Tramways

First air-conditioned tram hits the tracks on Monday

It sure comes as a whiff of fresh air — and not a day too soon.

With Hong Kong temperatures in the high thirties (degree celsius), a cool ride on a tram this summer will be a welcome relief.

Hong Kong Tramways is launching the service June 6 on a three-month trial run, am730 reports.

It will serve different routes five or six times a day and test four different temperature settings — 23, 25, 27 degrees celsius and fan mode.

Ming Pao Daily is reporting that air-conditioned services are likely to be between Sheung Wan, Causeway Bay, North Point and Happy Valley.

Staff will conduct passenger surveys and the results will be used to gauge the financial feasibility of the service.

Hong Kong Tramways managing director Emmanuel Vivant said the company has been studying the project since 2000.

The special tram will be in sky blue and will have the number “88″ on it.

The air-conditioned car was outfitted to carry 110 passengers.

Hong Kong Tramways senior engineering manager Steven Chan said the tram uses fiberglass and aluminum body to mitigate the weight of the air-conditioner which weighs in at 505 kilos.

An air-conditioned tram is about HK$250,000 (US$32,173) more expensive to operate than conventional cars.

But fares will be unchanged at HK$2.30 for adults, HK$1.20 for juniors and HK$1.10 for seniors, sources said.

The company said any fare increases will depend on passenger response to the new service, subject to government approval.

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