Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Wednesday that Keolis MHI Rail Management and Operation, a joint venture between Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering and France's Keolis has taken over the operation and maintenance of the Dubai Metro as well as operation of the Dubai Tram network from Serco Middle East.
The operation and maintenance concession awarded to the JV for Dubai Metro's Red and Green Lines, and Dubai Tram's operations spans 15 years - 9 base years and 6 years renewable every two years, RTA said in a statement.
The metro and tram concession was awarded to the JV in March 2021.
The JV will also run all assets of the metro and tram networks including trains, control centres, stations and the associated infrastructure.
Dubai metro, billed as the longest driverless metro project worldwide, was launched in 2019 and spans 90 km on the Red and Green Lines as well as Route 2020. The Dubai Tram, which started operations in 2014, spans about 10.6 km.
The two networks have a total of 64 stations: 53 on the metro lines and 11 on the tramway. There are 129 trains to serve the metro lines and 11 trains to serve the tramway.
The ridership for both is approximately 210 million riders per annum, the RTA statement said.
(Writing by N Madhura; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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