At almost 70 km in length and boasting 65 stations, the new tramway network should make travel considerably easier for the 7.2 million inhabitants of Shenyang and for the thousands of spectators expected at the 2013 China National Games to be held from the 31st August to the 12th September. In time the four new lines should carry over 150,000 passengers per day. The tramway network is also scheduled to expand with a 6th line under construction and a 4th currently which still under review.
According to the standard Chinese business model, on April 26th 2013 the Shenyang city authorities awarded the operations and maintenance contract for the new tramway network to an operations company of which is 51% owned by the city and 49% by the RATP Dev / Transdev joint venture. The three-year contract should generate overall revenue of 330 million yuan (over €41 million).