Abu Dhabi tram system to be up and running by 2014

The Department of Transport (DoT) has said that by the year 2014, Abu Dhabi's light-rail tram (LRT) system will be operational.

On Tuesday, the local and international consulting firms were invited by the DoT officials, for presenting a proposal to carry out a detailed planning of the tram system.

The DoT said in a statement: "The 340km tram system is part of an ambitious and far-reaching Surface Transport Master Plan that will meet the people and economy's mobility needs as part of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030."

At 580km high speed railway network, which would link the capital to Dubai, Al Ain and Saudi Arabia, and a metro system, has been included in the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan.

The airport would be linked with the central business district and other important areas by the tram system. It would also be linked with the metro system, according to a report in Gulf News; and its initial 42.5km-long phase would be ready by 2015.

The DoT said: "The light rail transit/tram system is considered to be one of the most important means of public transport for the capital thanks to large capacity, cost and energy efficiency, and ability to operate in densely populated areas."