The Dubai Tram-What you would like to know before November 11, 2014-Part 1

Posted on 4th November 2014 in Articles

With the much anticipated opening of the Dubai Tram, with Phase 1 of the Tram scheduled for opening on November 11, 2014, round the corner, excitement surrounding the expected easing of Dubai’s traffic and parking problems is being viewed with much anticipation. We present here a multi part handy information feature on what the Dubai Tram is all about and what you would like to know both as a commuter and a pedestrian, driver alongside on the Tram route.

Dubai Tram

The Dubai Tram (Formerly called the Al Sufouh Tram)

Phase 1- will have 11 trains with as many stations along a track of 10.6 kilometers, serving the areas of Al Sufouh, Knowledge Village, Dubai Marina and Dubai Media City that include both residential and commercial areas.

Al Sufouh will have five tram stations spread over a 2.5 kilometer stretch and likely to have a significant impact on the traffic in the area, which would be handled with proper signage and extra traffic signals, pick up points, pedestrian crossings, bus stops, taxi ranks and car parks to encourage people to use more of the mass transportation over their private vehicles for commute. Speed limits too have been applied to ensure sufficient adherence of traffic to the new tram routes.

Phase 2 of the tram will link up with the Palm Monorail and the Dubai Metro station at Mall of the Emirates.

The introduction of the Tram has meant a major relook into the road and traffic rules by the Road Transport Authority (RTA) since Dubai Tram will intersect regular traffic at about 30 junctions, with crossings and intersections starting from Dubai Police Academy in Al Sufouh to Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Extra precautions have been taken to ensure smooth flow of traffic with painted road markings, additional traffic signs and road barriers erected and new traffic fines enacted to ensure adherence to road safety and road rules. The new traffic rules following the introduction of the tram have also been enacted into the driving schools manuals. More speed control cameras too have been installed along the areas where the tram will pass to ensure adherence to safety with the onset of the tram.

1. Part I- gives an introduction to what the Dubai Tram Project is all about 2. Part II-  explains in detail the tram's associated facilities and route. 3. Part III- details the fares, routes and expected timings 4. Part IV- shows how RTA has geared up to cater to the expectations surrounding the opening of the Tram with a virtual tour on Road Transport Day.

More about the Dubai Tram project at Ventures MENA Projects Database:

Dubai Tram - Phase 1 Dubai Tram - Phase 2 Dubai Tram - Phase 3

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