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Songdo to Introduce ‘Songdo Tram,’ an Environmentally-Friendly Transit System

The city to install 30 stops and connect the line with the LineB of GTX (GTX-B)

The City of Incheon commenced its ‘Songdo Tram CommercializationStrategy Development Project,’ which is a research project to be commissioned toa third party to introduce a tram system within Songdo International City whichis a part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone.

The purpose of this project is to develop the projectimplementation strategies for the ‘Songdo Tram’ project, which has beenincluded in the ‘Incheon Urban Railway System Establishment Plan (Revision),’which was approved by the Ministry of Land and Transportation in January thisyear, in the third-highest place in terms of priority.

▲ The ‘Songdo Tram’ is a project to build a high-quality tramline for expanding urban railway services in connection with GTX-B whileenhancing the transportation services provided to the residents of SongdoInternational City. A map of Songdo Tram routes.

The ‘Songdo Tram’ is a project to build a high-quality tram linefor expanding urban railway services in connection with GTX-B while enhancingthe transportation services provided to the residents of Songdo InternationalCity.

The tram system will circulate over a route connecting SongdoMoonlight Festival Park Station (Incheon Line No. 1), Incheon NationalUniversity Station, Yonsei University, BIT Zone station, and back to SongdoMoonlight Festival Park Station, over a total length of 23.06km and 30 stops,with a rail depot that is to be constructed. The total project budget is 442.9billion won; 265.7 billion won (60%) of this will be funded by the centralgovernment.

In December 2018, the city got a green light from the Ministryof Land and Transportation to go on with its ‘Incheon Urban Railway SystemConstruction Plan.’ This plan included installing a tram line over the entiresectors of Phase 1 of the Songdo Internal Circulation Line and the candidateroutes of the entirety of the said internal circulation line.

Then, in consideration of the passing of the feasibility studyfor the GTX-B line and the changes in situations, including the developmentprogress of Songdo International City, they identified the ‘Songdo Tram’ route(3rd place in priority) which was the best in terms of profitability andbusiness prospect during the ‘Re-evaluation Project for the Feasibility ofIncheon Urban Railway Establishment Plan’ that was executed in March 2019.

The city requested the Ministry of Land to approve the revisionof ‘The Incheon Urban Railway Establishment Plan’ in December 2020. Theapproval was given in January this year.

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