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Dubai launches its new automated train system

An illustration of Jebel Ali Station in Dubai. [1]

An illustration of Jebel Ali Station in Dubai. Photo from Dubai's Road and Transport Authority.

Well look at that: Dubai opened its new automated train system yesterday. Welcome to the club!

Check out this Washington Post article for more info—the metro apparently has a VIP train section and a section for women and children. Also, the cost of the system is over the original estimates by 80 per cent, a price tag of US$7.6 billion so far.

And for you SkyTrain enthusiasts, yes, Dubai will eventually have the world’s longest automated metro system at 70 km, once its Green Line opens in June 2010 (see Wikipedia). But until then, our SkyTrain system—that’s Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines all together—is still the longest at roughly 67 km :)