Dubai: It’s just a few hours to go before the Dubai Tram is inaugurated, adding another feather in the cap of Dubai, and it has residents and commuters all excited, raring to hop in and take a ride.

‘I’m definitely going to use the tram as often as I can. It’s better than being stuck in traffic,’ says Mary Sabra, a daily commuter.

The tram will serve 11 stations: JBR 1, JBR 2, JLT, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Marina Towers, Mina Siyahi, Dubai Media City, the Palm Jumeirah, Knowledge Village, and Safouh.

Footbridges have been built to link the Dubai Tram with Dubai Metro at two stations, Damac Properties and JLT.

The tram is all about convenience and JBR resident Omesh B. seems to be most worried about that. He says: ‘It depends on the circuit time. I hear the tram will ply in one direction so I think it will work on a loop and it might not be ideal for a two way journey. I’m a New Yorker, for me it’s about convenience in transportation. It all depends how long it will take. Right now I walk from home to the metro station everyday and that takes me about 15 minutes.’

Similarly, Kaustuk Patil says: ‘My office is a 15-minute walk from the metro station. I will surely try the tram once, but I think I will continue walking.’

The Roads and Transport Authority announced the operation hours of the Dubai Tram system as 06.30 am up to 1.30am from Saturday to Thursday; on Fridays it will run from 9.00 am to 1.30 am of the following day.

The NOL card is the only means of fare payment which can be used to cover fares for travel through the seven public transit zones. The minimum fare is Dh3 and can go up to Dh7.5 for a single trip.

Dubai Marina resident Daniel Wunderfolk says he would love to try the tram, adding ‘the tram doesn’t stretch all the way to my workplace, but I think I will use it on my days off’.

While the tram usage is not restricted to residents who live along its path, Sri Harsh says: ‘The tram is a wonderful addition to Dubai’s public transportation system. I visit this part of the city regularly and am looking forward to commuting by tram.’.. see more

source: khaleejtimes