By Ashfaq Ahmed, Chief Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: The Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) Metro Station will mainly cater to the huge new residential and commercial developments including the Dubai Marina and the JLT.
The JLT Station is located on the Red Line of the Dubai Metro between Interchange number five and the recently built Interchange 5.5 which is also called Dubai Marina Interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road.
Its location has strategically been chosen to meet the transport needs of thousands of residents and employees in the huge new developments such as Dubai Marina, JLT, Jumeirah Heights and Jumeirah Islands.
The importance of the station can be gauged from the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are expected to live in around 79 residential, commercial, hotel and retail towers, once fully completed in the JLT – being developed along huge man-made lakes. The average tower height ranges from 35 to 45 storeys.
Using the metro will be the easiest, most convenient and the cheapest mode of transport for residents and visitors to the area as they can save on expensive taxi fares and those driving can avoid Salik toll gates and parking hassle.
The station will also benefit employees and visitors of the Dubai Metals and Commodities Centre (DMCC).
An air-conditioned pedestrian bridge links the station with Dubai Marina across the Shaikh Zayed Road. Residents of Dubai Marina and the Jumeirah Beach Residents (JBR) can use this bridge.
The station will be linked with the Al Sufouh Tram project which also passes through the Marina and also link Jumeirah Beach Residences.
A feeder public bus route number F40 will link the station with different areas of Dubai Marina, providing hassle free transport facilities to the residents. The Red Line of the metro is scheduled to start operation on September 9.