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Thousands of passengers were stranded for nearly an hour at several stations during the evening peak hours as Dubai Metro services on the Red Line were interrupted due to what the officials called a “technical glitch.” Apparently, train services were disrupted between Nakheel station near Dubai Internet City and Jafliya metro station for nearly an hour as passengers complained of power failures as well at many stations.
The number of commuters who used public transport means on the New Year’s Eve has clocked 1.45 million persons, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed. The Dubai Metro accounted for the lion’s share with Metro ridership touching new heights with 587,542 passengers — a record ridership since the launch of the Metro operation in 2009.
The plan includes expanding the operational hours of the Dubai Metro into a non-stop service past the midnight of Sunday 1stJanuary (24 hours) and slashing the service frequency (headway) to 3 minutes in the stations from Al Rashidiya up to Ibn Battuta during the peak hours from after 12.00 am (past the midnight) and up to 05:30 am, whereas the service frequency during the off-peak time will range from 4 to 10 minutes.
On Saturday, the RTA increased the number of zones from five to seven before the rollout of the 23-km Green Line, expected by the end of this month. The new Zone 6 now covers Al Karama, parts of Bur Dubai, Satwa and the Business Bay area - most of which were part of Zone Five before. The new Zone 7, which now covers Lahbab, Dubailand and parts of Aweer, was not plotted in Dubai's old public transport network.