Green Line opens in September
The Green Line of the Dubai Metro project will become operational in September. The 23 km route will cover number of government offices, health care facilities, and commercial business district areas of Dubai.
According to the RTA, the scheduled date to open in September will be announced in August. Adnan Al Hammadi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Rail Agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said “The Line and the stations are fully ready and the test run of trains is being done successfully.”
The 23km-long Green Line starts from Al Ghusais near Emirates Road to Al Jaddaf (near Business Bay Crossing) passes through Central Business District (CBD) areas of Deira and Bur Dubai. It will link with the Red Line at Khalid Bin Al Waleed and Union Stations, which will allow passengers to change trains. An 11km extension to the Green line has also been proposed, to cover the route between Al Jaddaf and International City station.
The Green Line has 18 stations ? 12 elevated and six underground. Union Square and Khalid Bin Al Waleed are underground stations, which will link the Green with the Red Lines. Once the Green Line opens, these stations will allow passengers to change trains.
Al Hammadi said, “The Green Line is expected to give big boost to the public transport system in Dubai as it links the old and modern districts.” He added that the line starts from Etisalat Station in Al Ghusais, which is the first station for passengers coming from Sharjah and other neighbouring emirates. This station has multi-level Park-and-Ride terminal with capacity for more than 2,700 vehicles and a bus station.
The Green Line passes through some vital locations such as Al Ahli Club, Lulu Centre, Al Bustan Centre, Al Ittihad Coop Society, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Works and the Customer Service Centre of Dubai Municipality in Al Twar.
Al Qiyadah Station serves Dubai Police General Headquarters building and Al Mulla Plaza and access to Sharjah and Al Mamzar areas.
Abu Bakr Al Seddiqi Station serves mostly commercial areas such as retail outlets for building materials, hotels, Hamarain and Warba Centres, and Al Muraqqabat Police Station.
Salah Al Deen Station in the Central Business District (CBD) is in close proximity to Al Ghurair Centre and Al Reef Mall.
The Baniyas Station in the heart of the CBD area will provide link to Abra service, in addition to hotels and old shopping areas.
The Palm Deira Station will serve visitors to Deira Corniche, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Gold Souq and Deira Old Souq.
Al Ras Station in Deira side will provide access to old business district including the Old Gold Souq, the fish market and historic buildings such as Al Ahmadiya School.
Al Ghubaiba Station in Bur Dubai serves heritage areas such as Al Bastakiya and Shindagha near the Heritage and Diving Village. The station also offers integrated multi-modal transit service linking the bus, metro, and the marine transport services.
Oud Metha Station is close to a number of schools, community clubs, and Rashid Hospital.
The Dubai Healthcare City station will be the last operating station, and provides access to Wafi Shopping Centre, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Grand Cineplex, Dubai Electricity, Water Authority, and a number of banks.
Dubai inaugurated its metro network in September 2009, and is the first urban metro network in the Gulf’s Arab states.
Dubai has a rapidly growing population and severe traffic congestion problems. The population is forecast to increase by 6.4% annually.
Dubai Municipality identified the need for a rail system to ease the traffic problems and support continuing urban development.
Systra was awarded the preliminary engineering contract, and Dubai Rail Link (DURL), a consortium of four companies headed by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), is leading the project to build the first two lines of the high-tech driverless rapid transit system. The other consortium members are the Japanese Obayashi and Kajima corporations, and Yapi Merkesi of Turkey.
According to the statistics released by the RTA, around 1.74 million passengers used the metro in its first month. The Red Line is the only route that has been completed so far.
The 52.1km Red Line has 29 stations, four of which are underground. The line runs from Rashidiva to Jebel Ali and passes the American University of Dubai. It serves an estimated 32,000 passengers an hour. There are plans to extend the Red Line by 15.5km, a move that would add six stations to the route.
Dubai has a rapidly growing population and severe traffic congestion problems. The need for a better transport system urged Dubai Municipality to operate a metro rail system that will cover maximum places in metro.
The 52.1km Red Line and 23km Green line will cover most of the business centers, historic buildings, and utility places.
Sources: Gulf news, railway-technology.com