Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has given the go ahead to designs for stations and trains planned for the Al Sufouh Tram project.
The first phase of Dubai’s latest transport scheme, which will be the world’s first tram that runs with ground power feeding on the entire line without need for electrical overhead wires, is set for completion in 2014, reported ArabianBusiness.com.
Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, endorsed the interior design of the tram vehicles as well as a number of other Road and Transport Authority (RTA) initiatives, according to state news agency WAM.
It said the first phase of the network will span 10.7km and cost AED4bn.
Mattar Al Tayer, the RTA’s chairman, said the project will include 25 vehicles, each capable of carrying 400 passengers, and 19 stations, 13 of which will open as part of the first phase.
He said he expected the tram system to carry about 5,000 passengers an hour in each direction.
Al Tayer said in comments published by WAM that 250m passengers used mass transport in 2009, expecting the number to rise to 350m passenger by the end of this year.