In 1892, only 11% of workers took the tramway every day. By 1901, this percentage had climbed to 41%. Several factors explain this sudden popularity. First, fares did not increase until 1910, which was not the case with the workers' wages, and second, the electrification of the network, completed in 1894, increased the speed and power of the vehicles. These improvements made the tramway more attractive to workers who wanted to live a distance form their place of work.

In fact, the electrification of the tramway contributed to the increasing spread of the urban population and contributed to the concentration of economic activities.
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