By Parag Deulgaonkar www.emirates247.com
Dubai Tram, used by 1.3 million riders in the first quarter 2016 alone, is going to get an expansion.
Phase 2, date of which has not been disclosed, will take riders across to tourist destinations such as Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Mall of the Emirates.
“Dubai Tram is also set to grow with phase 2 of the project. The success of current tram has encouraged us to look into extending the line up to 5 kilometres covering more iconic destinations,” Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Road and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Rail Agency told Emirates 24|7 at the Middle East Rail conference held last month.
“We will begin the design and study of the Tram extension very soon,” he added.
Officially inaugurated on November 11, 2014, the Dubai Tram has 11 stations, serving over a distance of almost 11 kilometres through a fleet of 11 trams.
In a statement issued on Monday, Younes said: “This rise in the ridership of both, the Metro and Tram during the first three months of this year, is indicative of the appeal of these modes to residents and visitors of Dubai.
“The Metro and Tram are shaping into prime mobility means within the Emirate, thanks to their smooth, enjoyable and safe transit experience offered to various commercial and residential communities across the emirate.”
Nearly 50 million people journeyed aboard the Dubai Metro in the first quarter, RTA said. More info