Dubai tram transported 20 million riders since its launch in 2014
RTA Dubai has announced that ‘Dubai Tram’ had transported 20,879,564 riders since its launch.
The Tram route extends 10.6 kilometres connecting 11 stations, namely JBR 1, JBR 2, JLT, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Marina Towers, Mina Siyahi, Dubai Media City, Palm Jumeirah, Knowledge Village and Al Sufouh. It contributed in reducing the carbon footprint by 81%.
“The Dubai Tram has revolutionised Dubai’s public transport system offering a new safe and convenient mass transport means covering most visitors and tourist’s attractions areas,” said Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency.
“The Tram is linked to Dubai Metro at two stations on Sheikh Zayed Road: DAMAC Properties and Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Such a link enhances the integration of the two sophisticated modes enabling the movement of 10,715,568 riders between these two modes from November 2014 to September 2018. About 232,323 riders were lifted between the Tram and public buses during the same period. This integration between the Tram & the Metro on the one hand, and the Tram & public buses on the other has boosted the ridership of mass transit users in Dubai city,” continued Younes.
The Dubai Tram is the first tramway project outside Europe powered by a ground-based electric supply system extending along the track, thus obviating the need for catenary cables.
It is also the world’s first tramway that uses Platform Screen Doors in passenger stations fully aligned with the tram’s doors opening and shutting mechanism, providing maximum convenience, safety and security for passengers, and at the same time protecting the quality of the air-conditioning in the interior of both stations and carriages from external climatic conditions.