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The express trains will start operating at 5.30am, 20 minutes earlier than the actual operation time of the metro’s regular service, from Jebel Ali and Al Rashidiya stations. Each train will stop only at 13 main stations in both directions instead of 27, and they are Al Rashidiya, Emirates, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid Bin Al Waleed, Al Karama, Al Jafiliya, Emirates Towers, Noor Islamic Bank, First Gulf Bank, Dubai Internet City, Ibn Battuta and Jebel Ali stations, he added.
From the start of next October, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is poised to reduce the trip time of the Dubai Metro Red Line by offering two services on a trial basis for a period of 5 months in a bid to better serve the interest of the Metro users such that they can arrive at their work places in a speedy and hassle-free way.
Local Arabs – who make up some 20 per cent of Dubai’s population – can also be reluctant to mix with the Indians, Pakistanis and Filipinos who make up Dubai’s working class, according to Mohamed Mezghani, head of the Middle East office of UITP, the international public transport association.
The consortium of firms behind Dubai’s long-awaited Al Sufouh Tram project has begun a work slowdown as cash concerns continue to plague the multibillion-dollar track. The group, which includes French conglomerate Alstom and Belgium’s Besix, has scaled back the pace of construction on the state-backed tram as discussions over refinancing continue.
More than 100,000 passengers were lifted on the Dubai Metro in one day, the latest figures released by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Sunday have revealed.
Seven more Metro stations came online as planned this afternoon, finally connecting some of the most populous parts of the city by rail. After 2pm, when the first train rolled in from Jebel Ali, customers queued at the Marina stop for the first time.
Huge rush of commuters were seen at most of the new stations. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) officials, including Adnan Al Hammadi, Acting CEO of Rail Agency, and Ramadan Abdullah, Director of Operations, were visiting stations to ensure smooth launching of the new stations.
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