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Metro test run from September

Mattar Al Tayer, Executive Director of RTA, tours the Metro project. (SUPPLIED)

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will begin testing Dubai Metro from September 2008, on tracks which will run for 11.4km starting from Jebel Ali underground metro terminal to Ibn Batuta Metro Station, a top official said.

Mattar Al Tayer, Executive Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA announced the scheduled testing of Metro Dubai as he toured the project, which included a workshop that showcased the final touches inside a number of Dubai Metro stations and Jebel Ali Metro Terminal.

The test run will go through four stations from Jebel Ali terminal before it reaches Ibn Batuta Metro Station. The tests will continue until the Metro's inauguration in September 2009.

During the tests, trains will undergo technical assessments under automated and manned modes of operation. They will be connected to direct 750 volt with train enabled to run 90kph on the trial track. The procedures will check sound, vibration and the degree of electro-mechanical alignment.

"This test will help us assert environment safety measures and help us discover problems and resolve them before the Metro begins commercial service for passengers," Al Tayer said.

The initial stage of Dubai Metro trial, he said, will be conducted under the name 'passive test' during which a passive train carriage will be put on the trial track.

Once the first test is completed, he said, the second stage will start under the name 'active test'. This will be conducted with no passengers onboard the train.