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Video: Dubai Metro receives 50 new trains

Video: Dubai Metro receives 50 new trains

The new metro trains have an 8 per cent increased capacity and can now carry 696 riders

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The Dubai Metro has received 50 new trains which will be pressed into service imminently.

Of these, 15 will be deployed on the new Route 2020 which will connect to the Expo 2020 site, while the remaining 35 trains will be released along the other lines of the Dubai Metro.

Read: Video: Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates Dubai Metro’s Route 2020

“RTA has introduced extensive improvements to the interior design of the new trains to make them more spacious and comfortable for riders. The last carriage is designated for women and children, and part of the first carriage remained as Gold Cabin. The rest are Silver Cabins,” said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

The seating arrangement in the new trains have been updated such that they are transversal in the Gold Cabin and longitudinal in both the Silver and the Women and Children Cabins.

This redistribution of seats has increased the capacity of each metro train by 8 per cent from 643 riders to 696 riders.

Other improvements include new designs for grab handles and lighting, new digital advertisement displays, illuminated dynamic route maps and the use of LED power-saving technology too.

The new carriages are configured to suit the use of people of determination.

The exterior shape of the new Dubai Metro trains was left unchanged.

The new trains are deployed at the Dubai Metro Depots at Al Rashidiya and Jebel Ali. RTA is currently conducting operational tests of trains on Route 2020 of the Dubai Metro Red Line.

Tests consist of four phases. Phase 1 is a static test, where a motionless metro carriage is placed on the track for carrying out a series of tests including communication systems, automated train control systems, electrical power supply system and air-conditioning.

Phase 2 is the dynamic tests, which covers a series of onboard tests on a train in motion including testing brake systems and electromagnetic compatibility.

Phase 3 relates to operational tests where the trains will be running continuously similar to their regular schedule of operations, but will be without passengers to achieve the targeted operational performance indicator.

The final Phase 4 constitutes operational trials conducted by the metro operator. It aims at verifying the readiness of the operator before the start of the actual operation of the service and involves about 14 days of operations without riders to test the operation of the metro system under all scenarios including normal, degraded and emergency modes.

Dubai Metro’s latest 15-km long Route 2020 was built at a cost of Dhs11bn and will eventually include a total of 50 trains servicing the new route transporting an estimated 125,000 passengers daily.

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