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Old October 10th, 2006, 02:34 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by mr.x View Post
i posted this somewhere else....so here goes:

Vancouver may currently hold the title, "world's longest fully automated rail system", but even with the Canada Line it will lose that title in 2009 to Dubai. By 2009, Dubai would have completed phase I of its metro - building 70 kms of lines with 42 stations. It is anticipated that it will carry 27,000 passengers an hour, 1.2 million passengers a day, and 335 million passengers per year.

And of course, Vancouver's SkyTrain currently has 34 stations and 49.5 kms of lines and is carrying 220,000 passengers per day. Add in the Canada Line, and it'll be 50 stations and 68.5 kms of lines.
Does the world's longest fully automated rail system include all systems that are driverless in a city? Or does it just refer to like the longest fully automated heavy rail OR longest fully automated light rail or line etc.

By 2010, Singapore will have a combined (2 Heavy Rail Subway Lines + 3 Automated People Movers excluding airport systems) driverless system of 67-83 stations (depending on whether confirmed stations are opened or not when the line opens) (interchange stations counted as one) and 82.1km, in addition to its driver operated lines.

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Old October 15th, 2006, 01:51 AM   #42
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I wonder what the exact route will be and where they'll put the stations. Apparantly this'll only have 8 since it's an express route between airports. It runs around the back of business bay

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Purple Line to get consultant
by Angela Giuffrida

A consultant for the construction of the fourth Dubai Metro line is expected to be appointed by the end of the year.

The proposed Purple Line will be built along Al Khail Road, which falls between Emirates Road and Sheikh Zayed Road.

It will operate as an express line linking Dubai International Airport and Jebel Ali Airport, and will be in addition to the planned Blue Line, which will run along Emirates Road and also connect the airports.

%u201CWe have just gone out to tender for consultancy services,%u201D said a spokesperson from the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority. %u201COnce consultants are on board, they will do the basic design, and then we will go to tender for the design and build contract. A consultant should be appointed by the end of the year.%u201D

The 49km Purple Line could open by 2012, two years after the Red and Green routes.

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Will Hitachi manufacture the monorails for the Palm monorail?

Too bad Malaysian monorail company,MTrans failed to get the project.
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Published: March 29, 2007

Dubai Metro - Where It's At
Derek Baldwin

If you have ever wanted to be a train driver then Dubai is not the city for you as each of Dubai Metro’s 87 trains, which will transport 897 passengers, will run without a driver.

Dubai Metro’s five-carriage trains will be driven automatically from a centrally located control room.

Put away your fears, says Alcatel, the Canadian-based firm contracted to provide the computerised control system that will drive the light-rail trains.

In a statement Alcatel said it offers “advanced railway solutions that ensure safe, reliable and comfortable transportation of passengers.”

Alcatel has been contracted for $250 million (Dh918 million) to “supply, integrate and deploy its proven driverless train control and telecommunication systems for the Dubai Metro.

“Dubai Municipality will benefit from low operating and maintenance costs,” states the transport systems firm. Similar driverless Alcatel systems are already in use in light rail systems in New York City, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Ankara and Kuala Lumpur.

Fast Facts

Each train will be equipped with a control system which features a digital and wireless network, on-board surveillance, passenger information and a public address system.
The system will be installed in trains provided by Japanese firm Kinki Sharyo, selected by the Roads and Transport Authority to custom build trains that will be roughly 85 metres long and contain five cars.
The trains will be given their traction power of 750 volts through an electrically-charged system that does not use fossil fuels and does not disperse emissions.
The RTA states that “no intrusive overhead contact lines will be needed” because electricity will be delivered from below.
The trains will use steel wheels run on a special double track for full guidance and support.
Passengers will be treated to “extensive window panels, providing stunning views” of the cityscape from elevated viaducts.
The train cars will be air conditioned and seats will be designed for greater comfort.
The Metro System

Largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken by Dubai government at an initial cost of Dh15.5 billion.
The Red Line will be the most advanced and longest driverless line in the world. At 52.1km the Red Line is expected to be completed by September 9, 2009.
In total, the Metro System will include 47 stations, 12.6km of underground tunnels, will travel along 58.7km of viaducts.
There will be two depots on the Red Line. The main depot at Rashidiya and another at Jebel Ali. The Green Line will have one main depot at Al Qusais.
The metro is expected to carry 1.2 million passengers daily in the first stages and when completed 650 million passengers a year.
It is estimated that it will take 9,000 workers to build the system.
A boring machine assembled in Japan named Al Bugeisha after a desert rodent is digging its way underneath Dubai Creek to create a 1.6km tunnel to link Deira with Bur Dubai.
Red Line

The line runs between Rashidiya and Jebel Ali
Covering a distance of 52.1km.
Most of the line will be built above ground except between Port Saeed and BurJuman, where the line is constructed underground and under Dubai Creek.
It will take travellers roughly 1 hour and 11 minutes to reach Jebel Ali from Rashidiya.
There will be 25 elevated stations and four underground stations.
Green Line

Will run between Al Qusais and Al Jedaff Length is about 22.5km.
The line will comprise a stretch of rail 14.6km in length above-ground consisting of 12 stations and 7.6km of underground railway that includes six underground stations, excluding Union Square and BurJuman.
It will take 26 minutes to travel the distance it covers
Train Specs

Each train will measure 3878.9mm in height.
The width will be 2780mm.
At roughly 85 metres long, the trains will contain five 18 metre long carriages.
The trains will be propelled by electric traction, a technology with no harmful emissions to the environment. The trains will run on an electrified 750 volts composite third rail.
Trains will travel at a maximum of 100km/h.
Each train will have separate compartments including a gold car with a section for women and children, and four silver cars.
The time between trains will be roughly 90 seconds.
Automatic train controls will be used 897 passenger capacity per train.
Rail gauge is 1.435 metres, the standard distance.
The high-tech driverless train system will be operated from a centralised operations control centre.
Alcatel System Features

A digital and wireless network and onboard video surveillance.
Passenger information will be displayed via onboard screens.
A public address system.
Access control as well as a fully integrated control centre.

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Old March 29th, 2007, 07:02 AM   #45
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Mmm, if that picture is accurate, the train is not bad, but could have been better. It's Dubai; they can afford the cutting edge!
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i agree
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Old March 29th, 2007, 07:56 AM   #47
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Finally Dubai is getting a metro.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 08:09 AM   #48
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I hope that Muscat will build metro too
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Old March 29th, 2007, 09:42 AM   #49
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Old March 30th, 2007, 06:36 PM   #50
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Isn't Alcatel based in France?
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Old March 31st, 2007, 12:16 AM   #51
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Isn't Alcatel based in France?
Alcatel does not exist anymore. But Alcatel-Lucent is based in Paris, France.
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looks very futuristic
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 02:22 AM   #54
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Some pictures:

Also a look at future plans:

Mega plans to ease traffic

Some Dh74 billion will be invested to boost Dubai’s roads and public transport system, a senior official said.

The plan, which will be implemented by 2020, will see the development of new roads and involve a 3,296km public transport network of tram, metro, bus and marine lines.

Emirates Today estimates the network will be capable of handling around 10 million trips daily.

The network will also include, for the first time in Dubai, a 268km-long tram network, carrying one million commuters every day.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority, spoke about Dubai’s transport plans at a metro rail conference in Rome, Italy.

As Emirates Today reported last year, the five-point strategy includes plans to build 500km new roads.

Al Tayer also announced plans to build circular roads around densely populated areas with heavy traffic and to develop key intersections in the city.

The projects will cost around Dh44bn, he said.

The strategy also makes provisions for improving the current public transport network and offering new modes of mass transit at a cost of Dh30bn.

The new tram lines are expected to act as a feeder for the city’s metro system, which is already under development.

The metro itself will see a significant expansion. While its first two lines – Red and Green, which are currently being developed are around 126km long, new lines being added by 2020 will expand the network’s length to 318km.

Among the new public transport lines, buses will have the longest network, spreading around 2,500km.
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RTA signs agreement with Parsons Brinckerhoff for Dubai Metro purple line

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) signed an agreement with the international consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff to carry out consultancy services including the initial designs of the Dubai Metro Purple Line.

RTA signs agreement with Parsons Brinckerhoff.

This will link Dubai International Airport with Jebel Ali International Airport, a distance of about 49 kilometers.

The project has an estimated cost of ten billion dirhams (AED 10 billion) and is in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to link the major urban projects with a developed network of various transportation systems, being followed-up by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, President of the Executive Council of Dubai.

The agreement has been signed on behalf of RTA by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads & Transport Authority, and on behalf of Parsons Brinkerhoff International by Stuart Wallace, Managing Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Khalifa Al Zafeen, Director of Engineering & Projects in the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in Dubai, Ahmed Hashim Khoori, Vice President of Dubai Airport Development Authority and Richard Mayes, Senior Vice President Parsons Brinckerhoff International. Also from the RTA was present Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of Corporate Support Services, engineer Adnan Al Hamadi, Director of Rail Construction and engineer Abdul Redha Abu Al Hassan, Director of Rail Planning & Designing.

In the press conference held after the signing of the agreement, H.E. Mattar Al Tayer offered his thanks to HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Civil Aviation Department in Dubai, President of Emirates Airline Group, for the continued support of HH to the projects of the RTA.

He stated that the construction of the Purple Line is manifestation of the wish of the Civil Aviation Department in Dubai to provide an express means of transport that provides a direct link between Dubai International Airport and Jebel Ali Airport. The line is characterized by a limited number of stations and an average operational speed of over 100 kilometers per hour compared to the average speed of 45 km per hour on the currently being constructed Red Line.

Al Tayer hailed the fruitful cooperation between the RTA and both Civil Aviation Department in Dubai & Emirates Airlines. He stated that RTA, in coordination with the Civil Aviation Department in Dubai and Emirates Airlines, invited a number of international companies in the rail industry to submit their technical and financial bids to design the Purple Line Project that links Dubai International Airport with Jebel Ali Airport. The proposed line will pass along Al Khail Road and will serve vital key projects extending along Al Khail Road and the Al Jaddaf area.

'In view of the technical and financial assessment of the companies that took part in the bid, the international consultant Parsons Brinkerhoff has been selected to prepare the initial designs to serve the airports & passengers, design the interchanges for the Purple Line with the airports and both the Red & Green Lines, set the technical specifications of the project and specify the optimum technology for use in the metro, and to tender the project for construction and evaluate the bids' Al Tayer said.

He added that the Purple Line extends 49 km and includes 8 passenger stations three of which will include facilities for checking-in for the two airports. Passengers will be able to bring their personal effects, check-in and obtain plane boarding passes through the airlines counters in the designated three metro stations. Accordingly, passengers will be able to proceed directly to the airports.

'The average speed of the train over the Purple Line is 100 km per hour with a maximum speed between 135 km to 160 km per hour. The trip between the two airports will take about 40 minutes, including stopping time at the stations. The Consultant will commence design works this month and complete them in May 2008. RTA will put the project out to tender for construction and select a Contractor during the period from May 2008 to March 2009. The project will be constructed in 45 months starting from March 2009 and the service on the Purple Line is scheduled to start in December 2012,' he commented.

'The metro is expected to consist of up to nine carriages among them carriages for luggage and belongings. Each carriage will measure around 3.2 meter in width and about 3.8 meters in height and to have a seating capacity of about 50. Separate carriages will be allocated for ladies and children,' Al Tayer said.

The Metro on the Purple Line will be automatically operated, driverless and provide a safe service environment. It will introduce a state-of-the-art rail technology with air-conditioning in stations and metro carriages in a way compatible with the prevailing climate in Dubai urban area. All metros will be operated in accordance with an integrated metro system that paves the way for enhancing control and fine tuning of trip timings. Metro stations will be designed in an innovative and outstanding architectural style and will be fitted with the latest safety and security aspects. Parking spaces will be provided for private cars and buses in each station.

H.E. the Chairman and CEO of RTA stated the Purple Line is the third line in Dubai Metro Project following the Red and Green Lines which cost 15.5 billion dirham extending 75 km; 52 in the Red Line and 23 in the Green Line. The total number of stations in the two lines is 47 stations; 29 in the Red Line of which 4 are underground and 25 are elevated stations. The Green Line extends 23 km including 18 stations; 6 of which are underground and 12 elevated stations.

Al Tayer also said that the two lines intersect in both the Union Square and Burjuman Stations. The average speed of metro is around 40 km per hour. It consists of 5 carriages capable of accommodating 640 persons. They are divided into two classes; the first one is the Golden Class which is situated at the front of the metro and includes 19 deluxe seats, 19 seats for women and children along with spaces to accommodate prams, luggage and belongings.

It is the first time ever in the world that a golden class is allocated in a metro coach that operates within a single city, Al Tayer noted. The second class (Silver) consists of 4 carriages of 104 seats. All carriages of various classes will be fitted with seating and spaces for persons with special needs. This comes in line with the commitment of the RTA to honor the rights of the special need persons and integrate them in the community.

BTW they say in the future there'll be more connections between the lines as well



They've now started building the stations, apparantly all are being built at the same time:

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The metro, roads, towers, everything, being built at the same time


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Old May 27th, 2007, 08:44 PM   #56
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This is great stuff. I've read that Abu Dhabi is also planning some sort of urban rail network, which is intended to connect with the Dubai system. I believe I've read that Sharjah is planning the same, but to the east. Does anyone have more specific information (or even maps)?
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Old May 27th, 2007, 09:32 PM   #57
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any trolley-bus?
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Old May 28th, 2007, 12:51 AM   #58
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Old May 28th, 2007, 11:21 AM   #59
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And another station

Very Environmental Friendly. Greenpeace will approve this without any hesitation.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 07:55 PM   #60
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New metro map by me:

Proposed network for palm deira:
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