RTA could open two more metro stations


By Rayeesa Absal, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Officials are studying the possibility of extending Dubai Metro’s services to two more stations, a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official told Gulf News.

The authority expects an increase in ridership of five per cent annually.

“RTA is currently studying the possibility of extending services to two more stations — one on the Green Line and one on the Red Line,” Ramadan Abdullah, Director of Rail Operations at Dubai Metro, told Gulf News.

Four stations, two on the Green Line (Jedaf and Creek station) and two on the Red Line (Jebel Ali and Energy station), still remain closed, although work on the stations was completed long ago. These stations were not opened since the areas where they are located were unlikely to get sufficient ridership.

RTA is so far not able to confirm which stations they are considering opening.

“We are looking at whether two of these stations can be opened. The study looks at factors such as the population density and traffic congestion of the surrounding areas as well as the expected ridership.”

He said that RTA is also exploring ways to attract and sustain metro users at these stations. More info