x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Dubai Tram system starts second trial phase

The second phase of testing of the Dubai Tram got under way on Wednesday along the Knowledge Village and Media City sections of track.

DUBAI // The second trial phase of the Dubai Tram commenced on Wednesday along the Knowledge Village and Media City track sections.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has said the trial runs will continue until the final quarter of the year, with the gradual extension of trials for the entire tram system.

The Dubai Tram has already cleared the initial phase of testing that covered travelling at varying speeds, safety systems, sudden braking during emergencies, ground electrical feed along the track, overhead power feed in the depot, and doors’ operation.

Upon completion, the Dubai Tram system will cover 14.6 kilometres of track and stop at 17 stations. Phase one includes 10.6km of track and 11 stations running from Dubai Marina to the depot near the Dubai Police Academy.

Eleven trams will run on the line initially, and 14 trams will eventually be added.

The RTA expects about 27,000 passengers a day when operations commence, with that figure rising to about 66,000 by 2020.

The tram will link the Metro Red Line at two stations, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers, and with the Monorail at The Palm Jumeirah.

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