Dubai Metro has reportedly received the first unit of a 50 train order from manufacturer, Alstom. Arriving at the Metro Depot at Rashidiya, the train is the first of order that is slated for completion by the end of October 2019.
Of the 50 trains that will be supplied as per the order, 15 have already been tapped to support the upcoming Expo 2020, while the remaining 35 will be utilised will be used to support transport services within the emirate.
Following the delivery of the first train, Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Road Transport Authority, shared: “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.”
The new train brings with it a host of improvements over previous models, such as the introduction of a novel interior design that provides more room for passengers and increases the intake of carriages.
Other changes also include the dedication of the last carriage for women and children only, as well as converting a portion of the first carriage for use by gold class travellers. The new carriages will also support to the travel of people of determination.
RTA shared that seat distribution will be transversal in the gold class, while silver class will be longitudinal. This in effect will increase the capacity of each train to 696 passengers.