Metro starts trial operations
Sep 21 (IANS) Dubai Metro, the world's largest automated driverless
metro rail network, has commenced its trial run across an
11-km stretch in this Middle East metropolis.
President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched
the trial between the Jebel Ali station to the south of the
city and the Ibn Batuta Mall station Saturday, the official
Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported Sunday.
Mohammed was accompanied by a delegation of high-level officials
at the launch.
train started at a speed of 30 km per hour and accelerated
to 90 km per hour.
Mohammed also commissioned the metro's internet wireless service
(Wi-Fi), which will cover the coaches on the two main tracks,
the Red Line and the Green Line.
service, being provided by leading telecom operator Du, will
allow passengers to use their laptops during the journey.
15.5-billion dirham ($4.2 billion) Dubai Metro, once completed,
will run across 75 km covering 47 stations, including 10 underground
24,000 engineers, technicians and workers are involved in
construction of the project, apart from 105 sub-contractors.
first phase of the network is expected to be operational by
September next year.
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