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Old March 29th, 2009, 01:35 PM   #461
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i live in London, and when i went to Dubai the infrastructure was much better, coming back to London is like coming back to 3rd world, very dirty and crumbling.
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Old March 29th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #462
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actually I love London, as it is a city that has grown in a natural way. how can you even compare desert disneyland with a city like London?
When will the bllah-bllah-bllah ever stop.

Cut the crap people and stay on topic.
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Old April 14th, 2009, 04:58 PM   #463
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My comute to work is paralel to the elevated track of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro and I am seeing more and more trains around. Today I saw a total of 6 trains, three of whom were in motion.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 01:40 AM   #464
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you don't use the system?
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Old April 15th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #465
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If I had that choice would I be excited to see trains running on the trucks and even count them?
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Old April 15th, 2009, 06:08 PM   #466
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you don't use the system?
The system is not open for revenue service yet. Unless I am mistaken it does not open until Sept. of this year.

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Old April 16th, 2009, 05:02 PM   #467
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This seams to be piling for a bridge/ramp of the new Al Sufouh Tram Line

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Old April 16th, 2009, 05:07 PM   #468
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Either that, or this Public Transport Hub/Center (location matches more or less)

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Old April 16th, 2009, 05:53 PM   #469
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Holy creap....I want onei Warsaw, of course with big letters ZTM on it.
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Old April 17th, 2009, 02:45 AM   #470
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I swear I saw one of these Neoplan buses to have 4 wheels steering

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Old April 17th, 2009, 01:54 PM   #471
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Cool bus, and 3 doors, which seems good to me.
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Old April 17th, 2009, 01:58 PM   #472
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The ones in circulation looks way better. The tacky wheel caps are gone and the livery is slightly different.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 01:46 AM   #473
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Tunnelling work complete on Dubai Metro

by Elsa Baxter Apr 15, 2009

Tunnelling work for the Red and Green Lines of Dubai Metro has been completed the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced.

Engineer Adnan Al Hammadi, director of construction of Dubai Metro at the RTA's Rail Agency said construction of the 12.6km underground tracks was currently at the most critical stage.

"The metro track goes underground in the Central Business District on both sides of the Dubai Creek and runs under the buildings, road corridors and also passes under the creek waters at two locations," Al Hammadi told local newspaper Gulf News.

"The tunnelling work has been completed and the tunnel boring machines named Al Wugeisha have been dismantled," he said.

Al Hammadi reaffirmed previous assertions that the project is well on schedule saying the Red Line would open on September 9.

To date, 90% of building work on the Red Line has been completed and 55% of the Green Line, which is due to open in March next year.

Work still to be completed on the Red Line is the fitting and cladding of installations at stations and car parks and the building of viaduct emergency evacuation staircases and access roads.

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Old April 18th, 2009, 01:49 AM   #474
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Dubai Metro: Track to the future

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With Dubai’s mass light rail transit system going live in September, typical commuter travelling and waiting times will be slashed from hours to mere minutes, a top official overseeing the Dubai Metro said.

Mark McCole, Director of Operations at Serco, the company hired by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to run the Metro, pledged that riders won’t be forced to “wait more than three minutes and 45 seconds” for the next train to arrive at any of the new Red Line’s 29 stations. And that’s during peak hours.

“Anyone who is stuck in traffic will soon know that the Metro will be definitely quicker,” said McCole.

Clockwork precision

Patronage models based on the design of the Dh15.5 billion driverless Metro also suggest that the maximum waiting time for any train at a station during off-peak times will be seven minutes and 30 seconds, he added.

The secret to one of the most efficient Metro systems in the world lies in the RTA’s careful selection of the latest and most sophisticated train, network and computer technology which enables a “pinched loop” to run with clockwork precision.

Trains built by Japanese firm Kinki Sharyo are capable of carrying 11,010 passengers per hour in each direction during peak hours, and up to 5,505 passengers during off-peak times, McCole said. Each five-car train will carry a maximum of 640 passengers at any given time.

“The maximum speed of the trains will be 90km/h and it will get up to that,” McCole said, “but the average speed will be around 45km/h to 50km/h.”

The key to the system is deploying 38 trains during rush hour in constant motion along the Red Line, with enough headway between each train to ensure safety. During off-peak times, the number of trains will be reduced to 18 to meet lesser demand, McCole said.

“A single (one-way) trip between Al Rashidiya and Jebel Ali will take 69 minutes,” McCole said.

“Turn-around time at terminal stations will take approximately 90 seconds. Hence a round trip will be [138] minutes plus 1.5 minutes, which equals 139.5 minutes in total.”

By the time the Red Line opens on September 9, McCole said roughly 2,500 Serco employees will be trained and prepared to ensure smooth operations. The full Serco staff complement will gradually climb to 3,200 by the time the Green Line opens in March next year.

Superb service

Ensuring that the Metro is properly staffed is another critical element to complement the world’s top train technology.

“Reliability, cleanliness and customer service is absolutely key,” McCole said. “When people walk into a station, it should be a five-star experience. Superb world-class customer service is what we’re aiming to be.”

One of the biggest challenges to ensuring smooth operation is educating the public on how best it should access a user-friendly service.

“A large section of the population here has never used a Metro before. It’s a first for this part of the world,” he said. “We’re very cognisant of it being a railway. Staff needs to help and intervene when necessary.”

Cruise control

The Metro system will be operated by expert staff huddled in the Operations Control Centre at the Rashidiya Depot of the Metro, McCole said.

All automated trains, viaducts and stations will be monitored an d operated through an Alcatel system and staffed by “very experienced people from different [Metro] systems across the world” through 13 workstations in the control room, McCole said. Staff will monitor and manually adjust the Metro network with the help of closed-circuit televisions, alarms and a communications network that link workers.

Testing the metro

Serco will begin full testing of the Dubai Metro as early as July. “To ensure safety and excellence in the overall operation, there will be a Services and Operations Demonstration Period that starts on July 26. This will include a number of trial tests that will cover all aspects of its operations,” said a company spokesperson. Once issues are addressed, the Metro will be tested again leading to the September 9 opening date.
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A view of the Jebel Ali section of Dubai Metro during RTA trial operations.

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Trains built by Japanese firm Kinki Sharyo are capable of carrying 11,010 passengers per hour in each direction during peak hours.

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A view of the Union Square station in Deira where work is in full swing.

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Another view of the Union Square station in Deira where work is in full swing.


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Old April 19th, 2009, 12:30 AM   #475
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The system looks amazing!! But isn't there a mass exodus out of Dubai due to the economic situation there? I hope eventually the Emirate will see decent use of it!
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Old April 19th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #476
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lol.

it is beautiful though. i really like the design of the metro's entrances and exits..
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Old April 19th, 2009, 07:57 PM   #477
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Yeah, half of population already left ... NOT!
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Old April 19th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #478
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i have been reading a lot of news about that recently though and from big news sources too. nothing of top concern for me, because i don't live there, but it does sounds bad.

The Guardian (UK):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009...ubai-boom-halt

ABC news:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe4vTcGAWBc

..its pretty interesting.
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Even a less cheery account:
http://www.alternet.org/audits/13687...hell_on_earth/
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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:06 AM   #480
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these buses are absolutely incredible. i wonder how much they cost? i wish we had them in San Juan haha

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