The Dubai’s transport authority has revealed that the Al Sufouh tram project is half way through completion, with the first tram to arrive in the emirate by December.
After delivery, the tram will undergo technical tests at the facilities of the manufacturing company. In a recently issued statement, The Roads and Transport Authority also points out that production of the Al Sufouh tram’s vehicles at the factory in France had almost reached 30 percent. The initial phase of the project is slated to be completed in the last quarter of 2014.
In the initial phase, eight trams will be operated and are expected to lift about 3,500 passengers per hour per direction. Each tram measures 44 meters in length and has a capacity to carry about 300 passengers. The trams will also feature a First Class (Gold Suite) section and designate one cabin only for women and children.
The first phase of the project will cover 10.6 kilometers and cost an estimated AED 4 billion. Last year, the government of Dubai had announced that financing of about USD 675 million had been secured to complete the first phase of the Al Sufouh Tram project. After completion of the first phase, 11 of the network’s 17 stations will be open to the public.
Covering a stretch of 14 kilometers along Al Sufouh Road, the tram will be the world’s first to run with ground power feeding the entire line, eliminating the need for overhead wires. The tram will link with the Dubai Metro at three stations along Sheikh Zayed Road and also connect with the monorail on Palm Jumeirah.
Being constructed by Alstom-Besix Consortium, the project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2011. However, it faced major setbacks and liquidity concerns as the global financial crisis hit the region hard.