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Dubai Tram, first in the world to incorporate advanced systems

Dubai Tram, earlier known as Al Sufouh Tramway project, will be the first tram system in the world to have synchronized automatic platform doors, and an automatic train protection and operation system that will assist drivers on board.


A senior RTA official said that the high-tech system will ensure high safety level on platforms and on tracks, ensuring zero danger to passengers or road users. It will get operational in November 2014.


This will be the world’s first tram project to incorporate these systems to ensure safety of passengers, while also ensuring that drivers are punctual and alert, said Abulredha Abu Al Hassan, Director of Rail Planning and Project Development at RTA’s Rail Agency.


The Phase one of the project spans 10.6kms heading off from Dubai Marina and moving along Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Media City, Knowledge Village and Al Sufouh, and halting at the Tram depot next to Dubai Police Academy. The phase one would be served by 11 trams and is likely to carry about 27,000 passengers a day at the start of operations in 2014.


Each tram measures 44 metres in length with gold class cabin, two for ladies and children, and four silver class cabins. The trams have sixty-member seating capacity, and can accommodate up to 405 passengers.


Revealing details of the stations that are now under construction, Al Hassan said that the design themes of the stations are simple and, are in harmony with the design of Metro Stations’, in terms of material and external finishes.


All stations will be serviced with integrated bicycle tracks, footpaths and landscaping, and bicycles parking facilities and taxi drop off area. The tram will be linked with Palm Jumeirah Monorail, and Dubai Metro, at two locations, while the stations are also linked to bus network along the route.


Posted on 17/9/2013


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