Palm Jumeirah Monorail
Test driving of the Dubai Monorail, 2009
|Transit type||straddle-beam monorail|
|Number of lines||1|
|Number of stations||4 (2 not open), 1 planned|
|Daily ridership||~40,000 (capacity), under contemporary interval 23,000. Current ridership much lower.|
|Began operation||April 30, 2009|
|Operator(s)||Serco Group plc|
|Number of vehicles||4 (2009) (only two visually seen in july 2014)|
|System length||5.45 kilometres (3 mi)|
|Average speed||35 km/h|
|Top speed||70 km/h|
The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a monorail line on the Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The monorail connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, with a planned further extension to the Red Line of the Dubai Metro. The line opened on April 30, 2009. It is the first monorail in the Middle East.
The trains are driverless, with attendants for any emergency situations.
Construction began on the 5.45-kilometre (3 mi) monorail line in March 2006, under the supervision of Marubeni Corporation, with the monorail track completed in July 2008 and vehicle testing beginning in November 2008. Originally planned to open by December 2008, the opening was delayed to April 30, 2009. In 2010, day-to-day operations were taken over by the Middle-East branch of Serco.
The project budget is US$400 million, with an additional US$190M set aside for a 2-kilometre (1 mi) future extension to the Dubai Metro. Another source speaks of a budget of US$1.1 billion. A journey on the monorail costs Dhs15 one-way, 25 return.
The Palm Jumeirah Monorail uses Hitachi Monorail straddle-type technology. The line has a theoretical capacity of 40,000 passengers per day, with trains running every few minutes during peak hours and every 15 to 20 minutes during off-peak hours. However, actual ridership averaged around 600 passengers per day during the first week, and the monorail is running "virtually empty". In July 2014, frequency was down to every 23 minutes with only one of two trains operating The electro-mechanical works are carried out by ETA-Dubai in joint venture with Hitachi-Japan.
- Atlantis Aquaventure station — Atlantis, The Palm*
- Palm Mall station (not open yet) — formerly Trump Plaza, now Village Center Station (still not open in November 2014)
- Trump Tower station (not open yet) — Trump International Hotel and Tower, renamed to Al Ittihad Park in November 2012 (still not open in November 2014)
- Gateway station — Gateway Towers, connection to Dubai Tram at Palm Jumeriah station
- Dubai Internet City (planned) — connection to Dubai Metro
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