abu dhabi — Experts in the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi are assessing the modalities of the metro project in the capital and will submit their final report in December this year, an official of the department told
Khaleej Times on Thursday.
The department would reveal the details of the project, including the routes and frequency of trains, in January 2009, the official who spoke on condition of anonymity said. The railway system is expected to be ready by 2015.
Abu Dhabi needs to have a strong transportation system in place by the near future as the population of the capital is expected to increase to more than three million by 2030, an official had said at a conference held by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council in April.
Speaking with Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the conference, Falah Mohamed Al Ahbabi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, had said: “Metro is coming to Abu Dhabi soon as the demographic condition of the city is growing rapidly.
“The planning for the track network of the metro has already started. From tram to metro and buses to taxis, we are discussing everything.”
Soon after the experts submit the report, work on the railway line would begin. The council would start a search for a private contractor to build the system in January.
The slow railway line is expected to be complemented by a fast rail link between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as well as between the UAE and other GCC countries. Two of the world’s most high-profile transport consultants, Mott MacDonald and Steer Davies Gleave, were awarded the contract to chalk out Abu Dhabi’s transport strategy in December last year.