A new batch of 50 trains with a greater capacity of around 700 riders will join Dubai Metro operations by the end of October 2019.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said the first train has been transported to the Metro Depot at Rashidiya.
The manufacturer, Alstom, will continue supplying the remaining trains in batches, he said in a statement.
“RTA will carry the test-run of the first train destined for Route 2020 on the Red Line of the Dubai Metro. It will start with the static tests of all operating systems of the train. In the following stage, RTA will embark on dynamic tests, which involve testing the performance of systems while in motion, such as motors, brakes and control systems,” added Al Tayer.
A total of 50 trains will be supplied, 15 to serve Expo 2020 and 35 to enhance the service level of the Dubai Metro.
Several improvements have been introduced to the interior design of the new metro carriages to make more room for riders and increase the intake of carriages. Changes include 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.
Seat distribution in the new trains will be transversal in the gold class, and longitudinal in the silver class as well as in the women and children’s carriage.
Additional enhancements include revamping the designs of handles and lighting, using cutting-edge digital signage, and an illuminated dynamic map for the metro route and stations.
Improvements also include the distribution of seats on both sides of the train and widening the gangway between carriages.
Source Credit: Arabian Business