UAE plans significants investments in tram and metro projects

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have planned significant investments in public transport, including that in the Abu Dhabi Metro and Light Rail Tram. To this end, three important tenders were published in January 2017.

The Abu Dhabi metropolitan area is growing quickly to accommodate a diverse population of more than 3 million residents by the year 2030. By then, it is expected to see a five-fold increase in daily trips. This increase in trips is the result of a variety of factors including economic growth, the physical expansion of the city and a fourfold increase in the number of regional and international visitors.

In order to provide competitive journey times for longer distance trips within the metropolitan area, an extensive and comprehensive Metro Network has been planned.

New plans take into consideration the areas with the largest number of passengers, congestion levels and potential reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Phase 1A of the Abu Dhabi metro network will see the construction of an 18 km long metro line, 5 km of which will be built underground, with 17 stations.

The STMP also envisaged an extensive 340 km of two-way track Tram Network that was to provide a wide area of transport coverage, especially within the Central Business District (including Suwa, Reem and Saadiyat), Capital City and the area around Raha, Yas, and the airport.

Phase 1B of the Abu Dhabi Light Rail network will see the construction of a 13 km long Green Line, with 21 stations.

Phase 1C of the Abu Dhabi Light Rail network will see the construction of a 15 km long Blue Line, with 24 stations.

All the tender for these three phases were published on 22 January 2017.

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