Introducing a nostalgic form of public transport, Aruba’s authorities have launched the new tram service as part of an on-going plan to rejuvenate its capital Oranjestad and encourage more visitors to visit downtown.
And in line with Aruba’s green credentials, the trams will run on rechargeable batteries.
Operating free of charge, the two-carriage trams, each carrying 70 passengers, will run on a 12-minute circular route. This will connect the Oranjestad cruise terminal with the Commercial Plaza shopping mall, taking in key points of interest en route, such as the city’s archaeological museum and its historic fort.
Three trams will operate the route, Aruba having been assisted in the construction of the rail network and the carriages by Dutch tram company HTM.
Aruba has already announced plans to become a carbon-free destination by 2020 and is working with the leading organisation, Carbon War Room to achieve this. Other plans for Oranjestad include the development of a Linear Park, a 10-mile landscaped walkway from Aruba’s airport and heading north. When completed, it will be largest project of its kind in the Caribbean.
For more information on developments in Aruba, please visit www.aruba.com
Note to editors: The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba lies 15 miles north of the South American coastline, benefitting from year-round sunshine, an average temperature of 32 degrees and a cooling breeze. Located on the edge of the hurricane belt, with a nine mile stretch of award-winning pristine beach, turquoise seas, colonial Dutch architecture and a Latin vibe; Aruba is a delightful alternative Caribbean experience. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operates to Aruba five times a week this winter, with departures from 15 UK airports via its international hub at Amsterdam Schiphol. Thomson Airways will operate weekly charter departures from London Gatwick from May to October. Leading tour operators offering packages to Aruba include Thomson Holidays, First Choice, Kuoni, Tropical Sky and Kenwood Travel.