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Old March 22nd, 2008, 12:29 AM   #121
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Old April 1st, 2008, 10:28 PM   #122
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Building the Metro - View from above: http://archive.gulfnews.com/gngaller.../10199171.html

Building the Metro - View from below: http://archive.gulfnews.com/gngaller.../10199173.html

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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:19 AM   #123
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Wow Dubai is really pioneering on these transportation and building nice structures.
I also heard that, they will be the first one to get a "vacuum-style" transportation. Sort-of-like bullet trains.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 01:00 PM   #124
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Huh? Never heard of anything like that and I doubt it would be any truth on it.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 05:25 PM   #125
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Don't Washington DC and Montréal have this vacuum-style system as well, both of which are well established. I think it has to do with the fact that they are mostly (Washington) or completely (Montréal) underground, cutting down on air resistance when travelling between stations along the line. So in effect the train gets "sucked" from one station to the next similar to an office pneumatic tube delivery system.
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Old April 10th, 2008, 07:11 PM   #126
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I don't know about that but just 20% of the tracks will be underground anyway.
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Old April 27th, 2008, 10:32 PM   #127
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Dubai all set to test run driverless trains in May
By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter
Published: April 27, 2008, 17:24

Dubai: Residents and visitors to Dubai will see Metro trains running on the test track on part of the Shaikh Zayed Road in May, 2008.

“The test run will be conducted on a 3.5km stretch of the track between Ibn Battuta station and the Mall of the Emirates and Jebel Ali Industrial Area station,” Gulf News has learnt.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which is carrying out the Dh15.5-billion Dubai Metro project, said the train will undergo full tests to monitor noise, wobbling and electromechanical compatibility for early detection of any trouble to address them before passenger service is provided starting September 9, 2009.

The first stage, which is called ‘static test’ phase, involves placing a stationary train vehicle on a track and performing system tests covering communication systems, signaling systems, power supplies, air-conditioning, on-board electronics and lighting.

On passing the first phase, there will be a second phase known as the ‘dynamic test’ to run the train on the track without passengers on board.

It involves tests of various systems while the train is in motion, including propulsion and brake test, load tests, traction power tests, electromagnetic compatibility tests, automatic train operation tests, communication tests and speed tests.

He said the residents and motorists will not be disturbed with the train noise once it is fully operational because it will not produce any vibration and sound.

Passengers sitting inside a train will not hear any road noise while residents in buildings along the elevated and underground tracks will not feel any vibration or noise.

At least two trains have already arrived in Dubai from Japan for the test run.

“Arrival of the first batch of trains in Dubai marked another important milestone for the Dubai Metro Project,” said Al Tayer

After the test run for two months, three to four trains will start arriving every month from June onward. Around 44 trains will run on the Red Line at the time of its launch.

Once fully operational, a total of 79 trains will run on both the Metro lines, including 62 on the 52.1km long Red Line and 17 trains on the 22.5km Green Line.

The interior design of the trains is based on water and air theme.

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Placing the train over the tracks on Friday the 25th (I also saw that happening and got very excited):



The train inside the Free Zone Station:



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Old April 28th, 2008, 07:00 AM   #128
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I'm really not a big fan of the train sets being used here. They seem so, dull and boring. There's nothing interesting about them at all :/
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Old April 28th, 2008, 03:57 PM   #129
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Their purpose is functional rather than estetical.
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Old April 30th, 2008, 09:14 AM   #130
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End of the road





The demise of the motorcar in Dubai took another step closer to becoming reality yesterday following the announcement of a dhs4 billion tram service for the emirate.

The ambitious Al Safooh Tram project follows hot on the heels of other new modes of public transport aimed at making the city ‘greener’ and less reliant on cars, including the Dubai Metro, water taxis, a fleet of 2,500 buses and planned cycle lanes. Due for completion in April 2011, the tram system will stretch 14 kilometres along Al Safooh Road, linking Madinat Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates with Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence.
It will operate for 20 hours each day, calling at 19 stations in business and residential areas. Plans for the network were unveiled yesterday by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which estimates that around 200,000 people will use the 25 trams every day. Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of the RTA, said: “The tram will be just one of the solutions that contributes to easing congestion on Dubai’s roads. Al Safooh is a commercial and tourism hub and so therefore one of the most important areas in Dubai, which is why the government has chosen it as a priority.”
Increasing toll and parking charges, as well as higher vehicle registration fees, are to be implemented by the authority, to encourage more people onto public transport - such as the Al Safooh Tram - and off the city’s infamously congested roads. The RTA’s director of rail planning, Abdul Redha Abu al Hassan, previously told the media: “There are two methods of encouraging people to stop using the car and travel by public transport instead. One is to provide a luxurious and safe environment for mass transit systems and the other is to force them by increasing the cost of driving. To pay all the [Salik] fees it will end up that they have no money left in their pay packets, so it will be far easier and cheaper to use mass transit public transport.”
7DAYS motoring expert Bob Farrow said the tram would be another reason for people not to make unnecessary car journeys. He said: “The authorities have to do something because eventually the rising cost of fuel will mean we won’t be able to afford to run cars as often as we do.”
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Old April 30th, 2008, 10:11 AM   #131
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Their purpose is functional rather than estetical.
It's spelt Aesthetic. 'Estetical' isn't even a word...
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 04:31 AM   #132
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love the new Dubai Metro's livery design
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 05:42 AM   #133
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Old May 4th, 2008, 12:11 PM   #134
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That would be a first for Dubai.
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Old May 6th, 2008, 07:06 AM   #135
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uhh
Montréal does not have a vacum tube
It is true that the entire network is underground. However, there is nothing special about the air.
The only unique features about the montreal network are that it is completly underground and it has rubber tires
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Old May 25th, 2008, 08:03 PM   #136
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The first train test a week or so ago

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Old May 25th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #137
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Old May 25th, 2008, 08:07 PM   #138
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Test run of the Dubai Metro begins
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Last updated: May 12, 2008, 14:39


Dubai: Officials from the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) have tested a five-car Metro train on a stretch of completed track near Jebel Ali on Monday.

The train, which can reach speeds of up to 40km per hour, passed through an uncompleted station a number of times.

Video: Click here to watch one of the first tests of the Dubai Metro train

The first line of Dubai’s Dh15.5 billion Metro system is expected to be complete by September next year. The second will be ready by March 2010.

The RTA said more Metro trains will be seen travelling up and down the test stretch in the coming months as testing continues.
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Aerial updates from Imre:

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