Dubai Tram to put leisure, business districts on the map

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By Lily B. Libo-on  www.khaleejtimes.com

The tram spanning 10.6km from Dubai Marina to Al Sufouh, is expected to transport about 27,000 riders per day at the start of operations in the initial phase in 2014.

The technical trial run concludes on November 10, and the ridership is expected to hit 66,000 per day by 2020.

The world’s first tramway that uses Platform Screen Doors in passenger stations fully synchronised with the tram’s doors opening and shutting mechanism, the Dubai Tram started testing without passengers on January 26 at Zone 1.

In an interview with Khaleej Times, Abdullah Yousif  Al Ali, Acting CEO, Rail Agency and Transport Authority of the  Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said a series of 11 stations will provide a faster and more reliable way to get around the new communities in the area with zero emission and hassle.

He said that the trip to Downtown Dubai and major business hubs of Dubai will be more convenient and hassle-free by the new integrated multi-modal rail system of Dubai. “The Dubai Tram will be running mainly along al Sufouh Road to link the Knowledge Village and Dubai Marina,” he added. More info