By Lubna Hamdan
Since its launch in 2014, the Dubai Tram has transported 28 million passengers around its terminals
Dubai Tram passengers could win gold bars as well as other prizes as part of the network’s fifth anniversary celebrations, officials at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Monday.
The RTA did not specify how many gold bars it would give away of what their worth would be, but said it will distribute prizes and gold bars to tram riders.
The Dubai Tram has become a key component of rail systems and public transport network in Dubai. It has a significant contribution to making public transport the ideal mobility choice of Dubai visitors and tourists. pic.twitter.com/BTiDkNbmRA— RTA (@rta_dubai) November 10, 2019
Since its launch in 2014, the Dubai Tram has transported 28 million passengers around its terminals in Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence and Al Sufouh. It was the first tramway outside of Europe to use ground-based electric tracks as opposed to overhead cables used by most projects.
In the first half of 2019, over 555,000 passengers have used the network which claims to have a punctuality rating of nearly 100 percent.
In 2018, the RTA said the Dubai Tram had contributed in reducing the carbon footprint by 81 percent.
Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency, said at the time: “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”.
In August, over 4 million people used public transport in the emirate during the Eid Al Adha holiday, according to RTA, lifting a total of 4,003,195 riders during the holiday period, with Dubai Metro seeing the largest number of people.
The breakdown of public transport ridership during the holiday was 1,360,469 riders for the two metro lines, 55,983 riders for the tram, 1,061,185 riders for public buses, 220,100 riders for marine transit modes and taxis served 1,305,458 riders.