By Parag Deulgaonkar www.emirates247.com
Dubai will commence work on the Route 2020 – the extension of Dubai Metro Red Line – as the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) will be awarding the construction contract shortly, according to a senior government official.
“Work will commence soon as the route as it has to get ready before 2020. We are currently evaluating bids,” Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency, told Emirates 24|7 on the sidelines of Middle East Rail conference.
The Route 2020 will connect Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro station to the Expo 2020 venue. It will have seven stations (5 elevated stations, 2 underground), passing through densely populated communities such as the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate and Dubai Investment Park, which are home to over 240,000 residents.
Younes said there was a possibility of the Route 2020 being extended to Al Maktoum International Airport in future.
The Route 2020 will, in fact, enable visitors to reach the Expo venue from Dubai Marina in just 16 minutes. More info