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The Roads and Transport Authority recently increased the frequency of Metro trains and announced express services. 'Emirates24|7' went out to discover what more does the Dubai Metro user want done. Below are some of the issues they highlighted
The Dubai Metro has bagged three excellence awards at the level of the Middle East in winning the Rail Project of the Year Award 2012, Rail Visionary of the Year Award, and Special Merit Award for Commitment to the Environment Award.
Shopping malls near Dubai's new Green Line have already enjoyed an increase in visitors as more customers opt to take the Metro over their cars. The two malls will compete with a huge amount of retail in the Metro system after the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced last month that 200 retail units were available to rent in various stations.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai on Wednesday announced that nearly 5.9 million people travelled on Dubai Metro during September. A press statement issued today said that the Green Line – which opened for public on Sept.10, clocked 1.277 million passengers in just 20 days whereas the number of riders on the Red Line during September (30 days) hit 4,661,469 passengers.
It was business as usual at the Dubai Metro Red line on Saturday as its sister line, the newly opened Green Line, started its first day of public operations. The footfall in the Red and Green Line stations were moderate, with adequate seating in all the train carriages.
"16 stations will be opened on the Green Line; namely Etisalat Station, situated at Al Qusais near Emirates Road; which is the starting point of the Green Line. The station is linked with a multi-level Park-and-Ride terminal with a capacity to house 2350 vehicles as well as a bus station in order to encourage the public to use the Metro in travelling within Dubai Emirate.
The new Green Line covers 23 km of the city, with 18 stations, and is focussed on connecting the inner city with the existing southeast-northwest Red Line, which already has stops at terminals 1 and 3 of Dubai Airport. They'll also connect the existing Dubai International Airport with the brand new Al Maktoum mega-airport further to the west, which is also planned to open in 2012.
H.E. Al Tayer accompanied H.E. Pierre Mongin and the accompanying delegation in a tour on Dubai Metro starting from Khalid bin Al Waleed Station to Al Rashidiya Station during which he briefed the visitor on the Dubai Metro and its vital role in the daily travel of residents and visitors.
Dubai Metro is a driverless, fully automated Metro network built at a cost of Dh28 billion. The number of stations which are currently operational on the Red Line number 21, from a total of 29. The remaining eight stations on the same line are expected to be opened by the end of the year.
The Metro has become a daily habit that users say they cannot give up even if it often takes longer to get to work and they don’t always get a seat. A year after its launch, commuters say the Metro is vital to their travels. Some have ditched their cars, while others such as Mahesh Sadh, 29, an accounts executive, say they will never buy a car because of the independence and economy the Metro offers.
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