Trams to boost Dubai transport

April 30th, 2008 - 3:45 pm ICT by admin  

Dubai, April 30 (IANS) Come April 11, 2011, and this growing desert metropolis will get a spanking new tram system to connect the major areas of the city. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, has approved the 14 km tram line that will be built at a cost of four billion dirhams ($1.08 billion), according to Matar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The new project will be completed over 34 months starting this June and will connect key areas in the city like Jumeirah City and Mall of the Emirates with the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Called the Al Safooh Tram Project, it is part and parcel of a master plan to provide mass transit systems up to 2020, covering metro, tram, bus, and marine lines, in this rapidly growing city.

The first phase of Dubai’s fully automated metro system is scheduled to be operational by September next year.

Among the characteristics of the Al Safooh tram system is that it will not require overhead electrical cables as the tram will be supplied with electricity through safe and modern ground cables and all stations will be air-conditioned, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

It will be the world’s first tram network to use platform screen doors fully aligned with the train doors’ opening and closing mechanism.

This will provide extra comfort, safety and security to the passengers, and at the same time maintain the efficient air-conditioning of stations and tram cars.

Passenger platforms will measure 44 metres in length and will be equipped with automatic ticket vending machines.

About 19 stations are planned including three interchange stations with the Red Line of the Dubai Metro at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers.

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