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The lives of thousands of Dubai residents, especially those in the New Dubai areas, will be made much easier when Phase 1 of the Dubai Tram (formerly called Al Sufouh Tram) becomes operational in November.
The alternative transportation option is currently on daily technical trial runs to work out any kinks. The trial runs will be done in stages until the whole of Phase 1 is covered. Phase 1, which has been zoned into three, will consist of 11 stations (17 when the project is finished) and serviced by the same number of trams daily, which the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) plans to increase to 25 by 2020. The Phase 1 route will directly benefit employees and residents in the areas of Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai Media City, Dubai Marina/Jumeirah Beach Residence, and Al Sufouh.
News reports said that the Dubai Tram will be connected to the Dubai Metro and the Palm Monorail. Furthermore, the tram tracks will intersect with several streets along its routes, thus RTA has advised motorists to be extra careful and comply with the new regulations and signs related to the running of the new transport system. Regulations include giving the trams the right of way, among others, and any motorist found to have flouted the rules would face a hefty fine.
Meanwhile, plans to construct air-conditioned footbridges to cater to the comfort of tram passengers are already in the pipeline. The bridges will be built in the vicinities of Al Sufouh, TECOM and Dubai Marina.
While the Dubai Tram is expected to largely reduce traffic congestion in the Dubai Marina area, property analysts reveal prices of commercial and residential properties in the same area will further increase due to the ''tram effect.'' The Dubai Tram will be operated by Serco, the same firm that manages the Dubai Metro.
• Dubai Tram is expected to become operational in November
• It will be connected to the Dubai Metro and the Palm Monorail
• Air-conditioned footbridges for tram passengers will be added
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties, gulfnews.com
The writer is a freelancer