The Dubai Tram set to start second phase of testing
To be the world’s first tram to run off ground power
The second phase of testing for Dubai's new tram system is set to get underway this week. It involves running trials between stops six to nine (Marina Towers, Mina Seyahi, Media City, Palm Jumeirah) parallel to Nakheel Metro Station.
The third and final phase of testing is scheduled to take place on June 14 between stops one to five, which run parallel to Jumeriah Lakes Towers and Dubai Marina metro stations.
The first phase of testing which began 3 months ago — between stops 10 to 11 and the depot — will run parallel to Dubai Internet City and Sharaf DG metro stations.
On completion, the entire tram system — designed to stretch 14km along Al Sufouh Road — will link with the Dubai Metro at three stations along Sheikh Zayed Road and will also tie-up with the monorail on the Palm Jumeirah.
The tram is expected to welcome about 27,000 riders per day at the start of operations in 2014, with a ridership that's estimated to hit 66,000 per day by 2020.
Eight trams will operate in the initial first phase, which is set to be operational by November 2014, and expected to carry about 3,500 passengers per hour per direction.