Dubai Tram: An Economical Transport Alternative to Residents & Millions of Tourists

Dubai Tram

Transportation in Dubai will undergo a new transformation with the emergence of Dubai Tram, which is expected to become functional from November, this year. Dubai Tram will be the world’s first Tram that will use Platform Screen Doors (PSD) in passenger stations with a fully synchronised door opening and shutting mechanism. Similarly, the new PSD will reduce the risk of accidents, improve sound quality (platform announcements & background noise) and security (accessibility) to the commuters.

The 10.6 KM long Tram will ride from Dubai Marina to Al Sufouh Road, covering eleven stations with an average expected ridership of 27,000 a day. The Dubai Tram Project, which will connect Knowledge Village with Dubai Marina will not only complement the existing Dubai Metro Network, but will be a great boost to leisure and retail tourism in the Emirate. Departing at every six minutes, it will serve some of the major resorts, retail stores and beaches in Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Knowledge Village.

In addition, it will also be very beneficial to the large population of student community for commuting from Knowledge Village. Given its crucial role in serving some of the key economic centers in the Emirate, it is anticipated that it should pick up fast. By 2020, it is expected to enjoy a daily ridership of 66,000, registering a 24 percent annual growth.

Like Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram will aim to safeguard residents and tourists from traffic congestion, eventually allowing Dubai Government to free up large proportions of infrastructure, which otherwise would have been utilized in extending the road transport network.

The idea of Dubai Tram was conceived considering the rise in population and tourist inflow in conjunction with heightened economic activities in Dubai which put huge pressure on the existing road infrastructure especially in Dubai Marina area resulting in congestion and delays. It eventually necessitated the need of an alternate platform which could supplement the existing traffic and at the same time create empty space for infrastructure development in Dubai. Hence, the idea of Dubai Tram was conceived.

Collectively, Dubai Metro and Tram will aim to nourish Dubai’s overall logistic landscape by offering effective, efficient and economical transport alternative to the residents and millions of tourists arriving in the city every year. Connecting numerous economic and business centers, tourist attractions, education institutions and shopping malls, they will effectively play the role of an economic catalyst. In the coming time, their further expansions are planned aligned with World Expo 2020, long term economic and tourism objectives of the city and urban expansion proposals.

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Author: RKonnect
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