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Plan to scale back Hong Kong trams electrifies opposition

A controversial plan to cut routes for Hong Kong’s iconic electric trams has sparked considerable opposition. (Chris/flickr/cc)

A controversial plan to cut routes for Hong Kong’s iconic electric trams has sparked considerable opposition. Nigel Reading reports for the Hong Kong Free Press that critics view the proposal as “regressive.” While the goal would be to enable a freer flow of traffic, some say the idea is misguided.

“It can be argued that we should actually be expanding it in the face of the global climate crisis,” Reading writes. The author emphasizes that Hong Kong is taking this step as other cities seek to add and expand light-rail networks.

Benefits of electric trams include reduced road congestion and emissions and hop on/hop off convenience, the article says. And then there’s the “charm factor” that double-decker trams like the ones in Hong Kong add to the city. In an editorial over the summer for the South China Morning Post, Alex Lo also pans the proposal. 

Source: 
Hong Kong Free Press

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