The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled the operation hours of the Dubai Tram; which will start passenger service as of Wednesday November 12th 2014 from 06.30 am up to 1.30 am (of the following day) from Saturday to Thursday.
On Friday, the Tram will start service at 09.00 am and continues up to 1.30 am of the following day.
Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA Rail Agency, said: “The Dubai Tram constitutes a paradigm shift in the quality of mass transit means in the Emirate of Dubai as it contributes to easing the daily travels of community members side by side other public transport means in operation such as the metro and public buses. Fixing the tram service hours was geared towards meeting the needs of the public and responding to their daily transit patterns, particularly as the tram serves densely populated areas, offering commuter service from and to places of work, besides serving tourist attractions in the Emirate thus appeals to a whole host of community segments.
“The Dubai Tram serves 11 stations at a 10 minutes interval (headway) during peak times and 12 minutes interval during off-peak time. Each tram has a capacity to accommodate up to 405 riders in 7 carriages comprising Gold, Women & Children, and Silver Cabins. The stations served by the tram are: JBR 1, JBR 2, JLT, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Marina Towers, Mina Siyahi, Dubai Media City, the Palm Jumeirah, Knowledge Village, and Safouh.
Footbridges were constructed to link Dubai Tram and Dubai Metro at two stations namely Damac Properties and JLT. The Tramway also intersects with the monorail of the Palm Jumeirah at the entrance of the Palm, Safouh Street where a multi-level parking lot is in place at this station to serve tram and monorail users,” explained Al Ali.
“The NOL card is the only fare payment means and there are three fare tiers covering fares of transiting within the seven public transit zones. The first tier covers traveling over one or two zones, provided the distance covered is not more than 3 km and the fare is fixed at 3 dirham for a single trip. The second tier covers traveling over two zones at a fare fixed at 5 dirham, and the third tier covers travelling across all zones and the fare is fixed as 7.5 dirham per a single trip.
“The RTA is keen on realizing its vision of providing Safe and Smooth Transport for All, and its third goal of bringing happiness to people; which features prominently in the thinking and drive advocated by our prudent leaders,” said the CEO of RTA Rail Agency in a final remark. More info