Dubai Tram lifts nearly 21m riders as it celebrates 4th birthday

Dubai Tram has lifted nearly 21 million passengers in four years of operations, it has been announced.

Since being launched on November 11 2014, 20,879,564 riders have used the transport system which extends 10.6 kilometres connecting the 11 stations of JBR 1, JBR 2, JLT, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Marina Towers, Mina Siyahi, Dubai Media City, Palm Jumeirah, Knowledge Village and Al Sufouh.

It has also contributed in reducing the carbon footprint by 81 percent, according to a statement from the Roads and Transport Authority.

“The Dubai Tram has revolutionised Dubai’s public transport system offering a new safe and convenient mass transport means covering most visitors and tourist’s attractions areas,” said Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency.

“The Tram has significantly contributed to integrating other mass transit modes and reducing traffic congestion especially in vital areas, thus enhanced tourism and entertainment in Dubai.”

The Dubai Tram is the first tramway project outside Europe powered by a ground-based electric supply system extending along the track, thus obviating the need for catenary cables.
It is also the world’s first tramway that uses platform screen doors in stations fully aligned with the tram’s doors opening and shutting mechanism.

The tram is also linked to Dubai Metro at two stations on Sheikh Zayed Road – Damac Properties and Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

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