Tram ready to roll

11.11.2014
The tram is expected to improve property values for areas around the line, including Dubai Marina and JBR - both areas that were previously congested. After years of anticipation, the Dubai Tram is set to start carrying passengers on Wednesday, The National reported.
Residents and tourists can use the trams to get around Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence and along Al Sufouh Road.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will flag the tram on Tuesday evening and take the inaugural ride along with other government officials.
The first phase of the tram project has 11 stations and 11 seven-car trams that will travel the line’s 10.6 kilometres in 42 minutes, at an average of 15kph and top speed of 50kph.
A second phase will add four kilometres of track, six stations and 14 trams.
“The tram aims to improve the mobility within areas of tourist and economic importance,” said Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of the RTA. “It provides a smooth, handy and highly efficient transit experience within the city of Dubai."
The tram is also expected to add value to property around it for residents in the Marina and JBR region.

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