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Old January 31st, 2014, 06:21 PM   #801
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I think it is a pity that they ended up with such a patchwork system, even though its brand new. It would have been much more attractive if the tram would have extend to the Palm Jumeirah, establishing a direct link between the stations on the palm with the metro.

On the other side it is great news that they are investing into high quality transportation, also for shorter distances within the neighbourhood as well as as effective feeder lines for the metro.
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I wonder how close the Palm Jumeirah tram stop will be to the Gateway monorail station.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 03:21 PM   #803
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I wonder how close the Palm Jumeirah tram stop will be to the Gateway monorail station.
Someone in the UAE subforum said 75 meters. But it will indeed be two diffrent stops.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 09:21 AM   #804
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Dubai metro looks nice but it doesn't look like it will get many people out of their cars. Too bad Dubai is set up with cars as the main transportation option.
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Old March 17th, 2014, 07:06 PM   #805
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Project Launched To Transform Dubai Metro Stations Into Museums

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced on his Twitter earlier today that he's launched a project that will transform Dubai Metro Stations into walk-in museums of art and architecture.

"Today we launched a project that will transform Dubai metro stations into museums of art and innovation. With more than 130M visitors a year, we want Dubai metro stations to be the world’s biggest space for art, culture and history galleries. We want to inspire travelers and entertain them while on their way to fulfil their day-to-day duties. The purpose is to make commuting experience richer and more alive, a vision that art and culture will bring to life." Said the Sheikh in a series of Tweets.







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A train of the Dubai Metro has a capacity of 643 passengers and a length of 85 metres (with each car measuring 17 metres). Any reasons for such a relatively low capacity and short length?
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Etihad Rail plans to build four stations in Dubai
30 April 2014

Etihad Rail, UAE's national railway network, is planning to build four stations to connect the railway network to the Dubai Metro.

Commenting on the plans, Etihad Rail acting CEO Faris Al Mazrouei was quoted by Emirates 24/7 as saying: "We are studying four stations for the rail network in Dubai.
"We are studying a station in Jebel Ali Port, and another one at Al Maktoum International Airport."

Al Mazrouei also told the news agency that a third station is being reviewed in Dubailand, and a fourth in Meydan.

"We are working very hard with the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to realise such an option. This is currently one of the ideas that we are discussing," Al Mazrouei said.
Etihad Rail is developing a new 1,200km, $11bn rail network in the UAE, which is currently being carried out in three phases. Following completion it will be used for both freight and passenger transport.

The new freight line is under construction and will operate two trains to transport 22,000 metric tonnes of granulated sulphur daily. It could open for service by the end of the year.

The 628km second stage of the project will connect Mussafah Port to Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali Port, and is expected to be completed by January 2017.

Stage three of the line, the exact route of which is currently under review, will span 279km and will connect the rest of the Northern Emirates. Completion of this is scheduled for December 2018.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 07:04 PM   #810
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I think it is a pity that they ended up with such a patchwork system, even though its brand new. It would have been much more attractive if the tram would have extend to the Palm Jumeirah, establishing a direct link between the stations on the palm with the metro.
Huh? The Tram does establish a link between The Palm Monorail and the Dubai Metro
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Old May 2nd, 2014, 12:16 AM   #811
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The key word is "direct" here. It makes a big difference in speed and convenience if you have to change twice or not (to get from the metro to a place on the palm). The tram is of course a major improvement compared to the status quo nonetheless.
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Old May 6th, 2014, 09:54 AM   #812
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Find out which new communities will be linked to Dubai Metro
May 04, 2014, by Majorie van Leijen

Dubai has a plan. In 16 years from now, 30 per cent of the population should be using public transportation.

Last year, the public transportation community made up 13 per cent of the total population, while this was six per cent in 2006.

On the concluding day of the UITP Mena Conference last week, the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) presented its public transportation master plan to speakers and guests from around the world.

“The Dubai Metro, comprising the Red and Green Lines, is the backbone of public transport in Dubai where Metro riders savour state-of-the-art systems and facilities with top-class finishing, and super quality services,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of RTA.

“The Metro ridership currently hovers around 450,000-500,000 riders per day, and Dubai is bracing itself for yet another quality addition to its rail network service offerings with the launch of the Dubai Tram project.”

If everything goes according to plan, Dubai’s rail network will be 421km long and have 197 stations by 2030.

Currently it is 75km long network with 47 stations.

The plan includes the introduction and expansion of Dubai Tram as well as Dubai Metro, and is divided in three phases; by 2020, 12 stations should be added, while 58 more stations will be built from 2025 and 69 stations by 2030.

Mohammed Abubaker Al Hashimi, Director of Planning and Business Development at the RTA presented the master plan with some of the latest graphics, revealing which communities will benefit the most if plans go ahead.

Metro: The Green Line extension

The Green Line of Dubai Metro will be extended from Jaddaf to Academic City with 11 new stations.



According to the map, the Green Line will connect to Festival City, and run through The Lagoon, where it will have two stations.

It will then proceed to the Ras Al Khor Industrial Area, where it will have two stations, and connect to International City with three stations.

It will have one station in Silicon Oasis, and two final stations in Academic City.

The Red Line extension

The Red Line of Dubai Metro will be extended at two ends, serving two different purposes.

At the northern end, an extension will be constructed between Rashidiya and Mirdif, where it will have one additional station.

At the southern end, the Red Line will be extended to serve the Expo in 2020.

This plan was recently incorporated, and has not yet been finalised. Four options are under consideration at the moment, explained Al Hashimi.



Three of the four options suggest a Metro link either passing by or cutting through Jebel Ali Free Zone, as the map indicates.

A fourth option, however, shows a more radical alternative. The line would divert at the height of Dubai Marina, and pass Jumeirah Park to run parallel to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

This option would include a station at Jumeirah Park, and another station near the International Media Production Zone, as the map shows.

The Red and Green Line extension are currently under evaluation, and the detailed design should be formed next year, said Al Hashimi.

New Metro lines

Four additional Metro lines are in the pipeline; a Purple Line, Blue Line, Gold Line and Pink Line. Although these plans are long-term projects and subject to change, the map gives an idea of the potential Metro network.



As it seems, the Purple line forms an important link through the emirate running from north to south, and connecting to all other possible Metro lines.

“The idea is that the Purple Line would run from airport to airport,” said Al Hashimi. It would also connect to the Expo site, as the map shows.

The Blue Line will run parallel to the Purple Line, while the Gold and Pink Line would form routes from west to east.

All Metro lines will come together at Meydan. The Purple and Gold Line are set for the second phase, with work starting in 2025.

Dubai Tram

By November of this year the tram will be operational. Eventually, the tram route will be extended to pass by Burj Al Arab, Mall of the Emirates and continue all the way up to December 2nd Street.



According to the RTA, the tram will be most popular in the area between Palm Jumeirah and the two Metro stations – Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers.

In this area, the tram will make a one-direction loop, serving Jumeirah Beach Residence, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Dubai Marina.

From Dubai Marina, the tram will run in two directions.

It will run parallel to Sheikh Zayed Road and connect to the Palm Monorail.

Until it reaches the final station, the Tram will serve Knowledge Village, Internet City, Umm Suqeim 3 and the Sufouh area.

Etihad Rail

For the first time, the Etihad Rail network has appeared on the map of the RTA.

The route of Etihad Rail and its connection to the Metro network has not yet been finalised, but plans are in the making.

Earlier this week, Faris Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail, said there are plans for four train stations in the emirate, which will correspond to the train route shown on the map: the train would serve Jebel Ali Port, the Expo site, Dubailand and Meydan.



As the map shows, the train network would connect to Dubai Metro at several points, most importantly at Meydan and at the Expo site.

“We are studying the connection with Etihad Rail at the moment.

“The connection to the rail network is one of our main concerns. We want people to be able to use the train,” Abdul Mohsen Younes, CEO of the Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector at RTA, said.

Etihad Rail will form a link between several emirates and a connection to Oman and Saudi Arabia.

It will form a direct link between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, from where it will continue to Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah
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With the growing number of passengers, is Dubai Metro big enough?
Saturday, June 07, 2014


Passengers ride the metro train going from Al Rashidiya to Jebel Ali, photo by CHANDRA BALAN

RTA has plans in place to bring in solutions in terms of service

If you are a Dubai Metro regular and hit the station during peak hours, you probably know that it's not going to be an easy ride.

If you find a place to sit count yourself lucky, standing can become cumbersome as foot fall keep increasing every day.

And if you are not alert getting out at the right time can be a real challenge.

Dubai metro is doing well. When looking at the numbers, we can only conclude that its popularity is increasing day by day.

Looking at the passengers in the first quarter of 2014, this number increased with 22 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.

While a little over 40 million passengers hit the metro in the first three months of this year, almost 14 million passengers take the ride in April alone.

We asked Mohammed Al Mudharreb, Director of Rail Operations at the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) how the increasing demand will be met.

“We can say that we have many plans in place to bring in solutions in terms of service, like changing the frequencies as necessary, buying additional trains, extending the lines and enhancing the metro stations,” said al Mudharreb.

In fact, The Dubai Rail Master Plan has already been drawn with implementation priorities for the years 2020, 2025 and 2030. As part of this plan three new metro lines are in the pipeline, in addition to the extension of the Red and Green Lines.

For a more direct approach to the growing demand there are spare trains, and the headway is subject to change in order to bring more timetabled trains in service, he explained.

Meanwhile, a campaign has been launched to address metro etiquettes, a social behavior that due to the variety of backgrounds of the metro passenger may not be easy to streamline.

On its Twitter page the RTA has sent out several etiquette tips over the past weeks. “Don’t push in the metro,” or “Please allow passengers to get off the train before you get on,” were among the advices.

“This year has witnessed a remarkable growth in the number of metro riders compared to the previous year; which has always been the core of our plans tailored to delivering a whole host of initiatives and
service improvements capable of enticing all community members to use the metro as a primary transit means characterized by security, luxury and safety,” said Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, Acting CEO of RTA Rail Agency.

When asked whether the metro hours on Fridays would be changed, Al Mudharreb answered: “Dubai metro needs some maintenance hours to do the heavy maintenance plus we do some operation/safety or readiness drills on Friday morning, so for the time being we are studying the options of when we can change the timetable on Friday and what the changes are.”
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any images for the new tram links to dubai marina? and what other areas, would be great to know
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A train of the Dubai Metro has a capacity of 643 passengers and a length of 85 metres (with each car measuring 17 metres). Any reasons for such a relatively low capacity and short length?
Didn't know Dubai metro' scars are so short.
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Dubai tramway to open on November 11
Thursday, August 21, 2014



WITH testing now well underway, Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that Dubai's inaugural light rail line, the Al Sufouh Tramway, will open to passengers on November 11.

The 10.6km first phase of the line from Dubai Marina to the depot near the Dubai Police Academy will have 17 stations and is expected to transport around 27,000 passengers per day in the first year of operation. This is expected to increase to 66,000 per day when the 4km second phase of the project opens in 2020

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Dubai metro expansion plans
30 Sep 2014



UAE: Dubai Roads & Transport Authority is studying proposed alignments for extensions of the city’s two metro lines that would open in time for Expo 2020.

An 18·5 km extension to the Red Line is planned from Jebel Ali to the Expo 2020 site with 12 stations. At the other end of the line, a 3·5 km one-station extension from Rashidiya to Mirdif City Centre has been approved, with a proposal being studied to extend it further south to Al Warqa’a.

The Green Line would be extended by 20·6 km from Al Jaddaf to Academic City with 11 stations. Of this alignment, 12 km would be elevated and 8·6 km underground.

Four further lines have been proposed. The north-south Purple Line would connect the city’s two airports; the Gold Line would link Dubai Marina area, Arabian Ranches and Deira. Both are due to open by 2025.

The Blue Line would run north-south parallel to Dubai Bypass Road, and the Pink Line would run east-west from City of Arabia to Al Sufouh. These are due for completion by 2030

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Promo for new Dubai tram - opening this Tuesday:

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