Traditional abras are used by commuters and tourists as a convenient and picturesque method of crossing Dubai Creek. However, these have now been supplemented by a water bus- service that commenced on 15 July 2007 and the RTA has signed a two-year, Dh8.9 million agreement with Singapore’s Penguin Company to operate and maintain the service.
Dubai’s Dh15.5 billion, 74.6-kilometre metro project launched in October 2005 is on schedule with work taking place around-the- clock. Trial runs are timetabled for June to August 2009 before the metro actually commences operations in September 2009.
Major construction work is in evidence on the 52.1-kilometre Red Line between Jebel Ali Port and Al Rashidiya. Progress is most visible in the construction of the 44.1 kilometres of elevated track on which the trains will travel. However, work is also proceeding apace on the 12.6 kilometres of track that will run underground, 300 metres of which will be under the Creek. Tunnelling using highly specialised equipment commenced in February 2007 on the 4.7 kilometres underground section of the Red Line and tunnelling for the 7.9 kilometres of underground Green Line beneath Deira and Bur Dubai will start in April 2008, to be completed in October 2008.
Dubai Road Transport Authority operated 504 buses on 69 lines, transporting 88 million passengers over approximately two million trips during 2006. Joining the fleet in 2007 and 2008 will be 620 new luxury buses to run on intra-city and inter-city routes, including 300 articulated (long) buses and 170 double-deckers.
When finished, 87 fully automated driverless trains will initially run on the Red and Green Lines and a fully functional metro system will be able to carry about 1.8 million passengers per working day.
The RTA is also working on plans for Blue and Purple Lines to provide transport coverage to other areas of the city. Construction will start in March 2009 and is scheduled to finish in December 2012 on the Dh10 billion, 49-kilometre Purple Line, running between Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum Airport.
Dubai Metro is currently under construction and is due to commence operations in September 2009.
ELECTRICITY & WATER
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