By Staff writer
New transport service will operate seven days a week until 1:30am, every 10 mins at peak times
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has
unveiled the operation hours for the Dubai Tram; which will start passenger
services on Wednesday, November 12.
The new service will operate from 6.30am to 1.30am the
following day between Saturday and Thursday, while on Fridays it will operate
from 9.00am to 1.30am the following day.
The tram line will consist of 11 stations and
operate every 10 minutes during peak times and every 12 minutes interval during
off-peak time. Each tram vehicle will be able to hold up to 405 riders in seven
carriages, with three classes available: Gold, Women & Children and Silver
The stations served by the tram are: JBR 1, JBR 2,
JLT, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Marina Towers, Mina Siyahi, Dubai Media
City, the Palm Jumeirah, Knowledge Village, and Safouh. Footbridges were
constructed to link Dubai Tram and Dubai Metro at two stations namely Damac
Properties and JLT.
Payment will be via the NOL card already in
operation on the Dubai Metro and there will be three fare tiers. The first tier
covers traveling over one or two zones, provided the distance covered is not
more than 3km and will be fixed at AED3 for a single trip. The second tier
covers traveling over two zones at a fare fixed at AED5, while the third tier
covers travelling across all zones and the fare is fixed as AED7.5 per a single
"The Dubai Tram constitutes a paradigm shift
in the quality of mass transit means in the emirate of Dubai as it contributes
to easing the daily travels of community members side by side other public
transport means in operation such as the metro and public buses,” said Abdulla
Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA Rail Agency.
“Fixing the tram service hours was geared towards
meeting the needs of the public and responding to their daily transit patterns,
particularly as the tram serves densely populated areas, offering commuter
service from and to places of work, besides serving tourist attractions in the
Emirate thus appeals to a whole host of community segments,” he added.
I think the incresae in prices are very unfair. I don't believe that there has been any increase in services to warrant an increase in prices. If RTA wanted, they could have made the pricing standard across the tram. The increase will make people us the public transport system less which contrasts to their vision of increasing usage of public transport.
I really don't think that we should be increasing cost of public transport in a region where owning a car can be comparable to using the public transport. Also the monthly, quarterly and yearly fares don't affect most people as they do not use the RTA public transport system on a consistent enough basis to warrant a seasonal card.
I seriously urge RTA to review their pricing structure so that more people can afford using public transport.