Tram link for Burj Dubai

By Richard High29 April 2008

United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Emaar Properties has unveiled plans for a US$ 136 million tram system for its Downtown Burj Dubai development.

The 4.6 km-long Downtown Burj Dubai Tram System will be constructed to meet the "commuting needs" of residents and visitors to the US$ 20 billion mixed-use neighbourhood, which comprises over 30000 homes, and 350000 m2 of retail space, said an Emaar statement.

The first phase, scheduled to be operational by the end of 2009, will feature a 1.1 km twin track express link shuttle service between the Burj Palace interchange station with Dubai Metro and The Dubai Mall.

The driverless service will have a maximum one-way journey time of 3 minutes, with 1 to 2 minutes between trams. It will also include an intermediate stop at another, as yet, un-named development.

Phase two, a 4.6 km-long, single track, commuter service, will operate to and from the Burj Palace interchange station and the Metro.

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