First 'official' test run of Dubai Metro in Sept

DUBAI - The first "official" test run of the Dubai Metro is expected to take place in September this year, the Roads and Transport Authority said yesterday.

By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)

Published: Thu 19 Jun 2008, 1:53 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:31 PM

"The test run of the Dubai Metro would be done on an 11.4km track from the Jebel Ali underground Metro terminal to the Ibn Battuta Metro station, said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA.

He added that the Metro train would pass through four stations from Jebel Ali underground terminal before it reaches Ibn Battuta station.

The test would continue till September next year, when the first Metro service will begin on the Green Line.

"During the test runs, Dubai Metro will undergo technical tests under both automated and manned modes of operation. It will run at a speed of 90 km per hour on the trial track. The testing procedures will also measure sound, vibration and the degree of electromechanical alignment," Al Tayer pointed out.

In May, the RTA had conducted test runs along the same track, but they were short trips.

"The test will help us assert the environment safety measures and enable us to spot problems early so that they can be solved before the Metro becomes operational," said Al Tayer.

The initial stage of Dubai Metro trial would be conducted under the name "Passive Test" during which a passive train carriage will be put on the trial track.

"The carriage then undergoes tests which include communication systems, automated operation system, electrical current, air-conditioning, electronic equipment mounted on the train, indicators and lights," he said.

Once the first test is completed, the second stage will start under the name "Active Test". This test will be conducted with no passengers onboard the train. This stage will include testing of systems that operate while the train is running such as engines, brakes, load, electrical systems, communications systems and speed of the train.

These tests come after conducting the trial technical tests on the experimental test track in the Wadawaki factory under the Mitsubishi Corporation for heavy industries in Mihara, a city in the Hiroshima province of Japan.

Al Tayer added that the work on the interior design of the Dubai Metro stations is in full swing.

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