Tramway de Nice, France

New tram in Nice, France

Originally uploaded by moworld

Nice tramway was opened to the public (I guess last week, Sat 17). It features a fabulous hybrid driving system that runs on overhead lines for most of the route, but in some areas that are historic and culturally sensitive, the tram units switch to NiMH batteries. As the photo shows, there are no overhead power lines on this section – which just makes the Alstom CITADIS tram look even more majestic. If this really does work over time I wonder how many other cities will use this system.