RTA studies metro link to Meydan


Source:  http://www.zawya.com

Dubai: Dubai Metro’s Green Line is likely to pass via Meydan in Nad Al Shiba on its way to Academic City, as part of a proposed extension of the rail network, Gulf News has learnt.

The extension was announced last year, but the route hasn’t been finalised yet, with studies being carried out currently on possible connectivity to the Meydan Station of Etihad Rail near Meydan.

The union rail network, which is set to complete phase one by 2017, is also expected to connect with the Red Line of Dubai Metro at Al Maktoum International Airport, a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official announced at the fourth UITP Mena Congress, being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The four day event that began on Sunday has seen experts from across the region gather and exchange knowledge and expertise on the development of public transport in the Mena region.

“Dubai’s strategic master plan for infrastructure development is being revised with an aim to prepare of the Expo 2020 as well as to connect with the larger national network,” said Abdul Mohsin Younes, CEO of RTA’s Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector.

The authority has launched survey to identify the areas of improvement and the projects that will be required to serve the mega event, which is expected to bring in millions of people to Dubai.

“A major focus of the study, which will be out next year, is to further develop the transport sector which will get a boost with the launch of Dubai Tram in November. The study is mainly focusing on providing rapid connectivity within the city as well as with other emirates and that could be done by connecting Dubai Metro with Etihad Rail network,” added Younes. More info