Dubai: The daily run time for the Dubai Metro will be from 5am to 12.30am – about 19 hours and 30 minutes every day, said a senior official.
Passengers will not be able to ride trains at night from 12.30am to 5am. The first train will start at 5am and the operation will be suspended soon after midnight at 12.30am.
“Break is necessary for maintenance of trains and safe operation,” said Engineer Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Agency.
Each train will stop at every station and dwell time [time for each stop] will vary according to the ridership (commuter count) of each station. However, stopping time at each station will be between 20 and 30 seconds.
Total trip time from Al Rashidiya to Jebel Ali Port on the Red Line – 52.1 km long will be 60 to 63 minutes. This will be under all conditions regardless of traffic jams and weather conditions. Runtime for the Green Line is not yet known. The average train speed will be 110 km per hour.
Earlier, Al Tayer, who held a meeting with a delegation from Singapore led by Delib Nayr, Consul General of Singapore in Dubai, briefed the delegation about Dubai Metro and the public transport system being adopted in Dubai.
The delegation also gave a presentation about operation of metro in Singapore and offered to cooperate with the RTA on its metro and public bus transport project.
Red Line work
The Dh15.5 billion metro project was launched in October 2005 and it is the world’s largest system, which will use fully automated and driverless trains.
Currently, major work is under way on the 52.1 km Red Line between Jebel Ali Port and Al Rashidiya.
Once completed, some 87 trains will initially run on Red and Green Lines with a total length of 74.6 km. A fully functional metro system will be able to carry about 1.8 million passengers every working day.
“The aims of the Metro are to provide an alternative mode of transport to ease congestion, save passengers’ travelling time and improve mobility within the city.
“It is intended to provide transport coverage and reach all strategic areas of the city and develop the network to branch out into the suburbs with future extensions,” said Al Tayer.