Dubai: A new batch of trains with greater capacity will join Dubai Metro operations over the next year. The batch of 50 trains will arrive in phases with 15 of the locomotives joining the new Route 2020, With new interior design elements and seat configurations, which is currently under constructions. On the existing Red and Green lines, thirty-five trains will operate.
Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directions of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Matter AI Tayer, announced that the first of the new batch of Dubai Metro trains has arrived and has been transported to the Metro Depot at Rashidiya.
Over manufacture, he added that it will continue dispatching the remaining trains in batches, and the last one is expected to arrive by the end of October 2019.
AI Tayer has mentioned “ RTA will carry the test-run of the first train destined for Route 2020 on the Redline of the Dubai Metro. It will start with the static tests of all operating systems of the trains. In the following stage, RTA will embark on dynamic tests, which involve testing the performance of the system while motioning, such as motors, brakes, and control system”
While noticing AI added that trains on the Red and Green lines will help improve the service and add to the existing capacity.
He mentioned that the new trains come with several enhancements to the interior design of the carriages to make more room for rides and increase the intake of carriages. The new changes including dedicating the last carriage for women and children and leaving part of the first carriage for the gold class. Other carriages will be for silver class riders.
AI Tayer has said “ this new configuration of seats will increase the capacity of each train from 643 riders to 696 riders”
AI also said “ the new carriages customized to serve people of determination and ensure smooth boarding and alighting of all riders. The exterior design of trains will remain unchanged to maintain the design identity of the Dubai metro and its familiar colors”
The new changes will also improve the distribution of seats on both sides of the train and widening the gangway between carriages.