The Dubai tram system, which consists of a fleet of 11 trams and the same number of stations, is expected to begin operations next week on the 10.6 km network from Dubai Marina to Al Sufouh – a 42-minute trip.
Today, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) workers have completed test runs of the tram route. RTA is set to open the platform as scheduled after being declared safe for travel. The route is not out of harm’s way; it passes through at least 30 junctions, crossings and intersections. Pedestrians, cyclists as well as motorists all know that trams have the right of way;violation of the RTA issued guidelines may attract heavy fines.
This is Dubai’s newest public transport mode to get from the two destinations, in the quickest possible time. Trams will operate every six minutes during peak hours and at eight- or ten-minute intervals during non-peak hours; they are expected to run between 5.30 am and midnight daily.
The electrically powered trams are 44 meters in length and operate at a maximum speed of 50km/h. Each has a maximum capacity of 405-passengers, divided into three classes – Gold, Silver and women and children. There are allocated spaces for passengers with wheelchairs or mobility aids.
Dubai Tram is an eco-friendly mode of transport (powered by a ground-based electric supply system extending along the track) that will be part of the city’s integrated Mass Transit system, connecting with Dubai Metro at two stations, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers, an RTA official said. What’s more, it is the first in the world to have platform screen doors at all 11 stations.
Those that want to experience firsthand what the platform will be like can virtually ride Dubai Tram today, as visitors in Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, including the Mirdif City Centre, will be provided with a semi-realistic experience of boarding and travelling aboard the tram and touring various stations.
According to Moaza Saeed Al Marri, Director of RTA Marketing and Corporate Communication, this will be done through a virtual simulator; visitors will wear oculus masks fitted with lenses to enable viewing of 3D images on a TV screen of a simulated Dubai Tram trip. The system was on display at Ghubaiba Metro station during the events of the Public Transport Day on November 1.
Many are the important residential and commercial stops and service routes served by the trams; they will go to Dubai Media City, Knowledge Village and provide a link to Dubai Metro’s Red Line.Tickets will cost Dh3.