Dubai Tram effect: Al Sufouh, Marina traffic jams thing of the past?

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By Bindu Rai  www.emirates247.com

With three days to go for the Dubai Tram to begin operations, residents in areas surrounding Al Sufouh and Dubai Marina communities are hopeful the ‘affordable fare’ on the city’s latest public transport facility will encourage more people to forgo their cars.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has stated commuters will pay Dh3 to travel across the 11 stations on the Dubai Tram route, which quantifies as a single zone; while those paying via the red tickets will be charged a flat rate of Dh4.

Parth Parekh, who is a resident of Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), said: “The pricing structure works really well for those looking to use an alternate to the car park that pass off as roads along Dubai Marina and Al Sufouh.

“For residents, as concern traffic jams, we are hopeful.”

Zayed Al Mansouri, a resident of Dubai Marina and one of the few who lives near the JLT tram station, which will be one of the two that will be linked to the Dubai Metro (the second being Damac Station), said: “I think the Dh3 pricing and the connectivity between the juggernaut that is Dubai Metro and the tram will really help curb traffic jams in the area. More info