Shanghai’s Yan’an Lu Trolleybus（Chinse Name：新能源无轨电车） began service this week.
The No. 71 ‘congestion-defying’ bus officially opened to the public on Wednesday after trial operations.
The vehicle runs along 17.5 kilometers of a bus-only lane located underneath Yan’an Elevated Road.
The route includes 25 stops and travels through four districts of Puxi: Huangpu, Jing’an, Minhang and Changning.
The journey is estimated to take 75 minutes, with four to five minute intervals during peak hours and eight to ten minute intervals at other times.
A single journey on the trolley will cost RMB2.
The goal of the fancy new system is to make transportation around Shanghai faster and easier, with each bus expected to run at a speed of 18-19 kilometers per hour — twice as fast as other city buses.
A journey on the trolley is said to feel smoother and more comfortable than a regular car.
According to the daily schedule, the first bus departs from the Bund (Yan’an Dong Lu and Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu) at 5.30am and the last at 11.30pm.
Buses will depart from the Shenkun Lu hub from 4.30am to 10.30pm.
Fines for driving in the tram lane will be RMB100, with exceptions made for ambulances, fire engines and police cars.