Dubai Metro’s Green Line to start operations on Sept 9

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A Dubai Metro train. Photo - Mosab Omar/Reuters

Dubai Metro?s much anticipated Green Line will be inaugurated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, on September 9, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in an announcement.

The Green Line is a shorter but vital network that zigzags through the heart of Dubai?s central business districts. The new opening is expected to boost the Metro ridership and reduce the traffic considerably in clogged old neighbourhoods of Deira and Bur Dubai.

The new line has 18 stations over 23 kilometres and covers some of the emirate’s busiest tourist segments along the Creek, crowded residential areas, shopping centres and ministry offices.

Transport officials anticipate the number of passengers will double to 270,000 a day.

“The launch is part of the Roads and Transport Authority’s strategic plan to improve infrastructure, integrate roads and transit systems, boost use of public transport and ensure smooth mobility,” said Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and the RTA’s executive director.

?Metro ridership will rise considerably following the launch of the Green Line as it serves dynamic and high-density commercial, government and residential areas,? Al Tayer added as he announced the launch.

The Green Line will start at Etisalat station, which is connected to a multilevel car park for 2,350 vehicles. Trains will pass through a tunnel of about eight kilometres, beginning at Salah Uddin station, through to Union Station.

Dubai Healthcare City will be the last stop on the Green Line, and will serve passengers en route to hospitals or the offices of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

Al Jadaf and Creek stations are ready for operation but the RTA has decided to delay their opening because nearby property projects had not been completed and there were too few potential passengers, Al Tayer said. Residents said they look forward to using the new line after the Eid break.

A total of 14 trains are expected to run on the line during peak hours, while 10 would ply during off-peak hours with a headway of six to eight minutes. The line has 20 stations, including two transfer stations where the Green Line and Red Line crosses. However, only 18 stations would open to start with, as Al Jaddaf and Creek stations would open at a later date when enough developments crop up around them.

The train operation timings would be similar to that of Red Line and the stoppage duration would range from 20 to 30 seconds, depending on the demand on each station.

Al Tayer emphasised that the completion of Green Line suggests the RTA is committed to providing highest standard of integrated mass transit system, in line with Dubai Strategic Plan 2015.

The Green Line will open exactly two years on the day the Red Line was launched. Fifty trains will operate on both lines at peak times and 28 off-peak, at a frequency of six to eight minutes.

Trial runs for the Green Line began last year. RTA officials have said the rigorous six-month trials tested safety and system integration to avoid glitches that marred the opening of the Red Line in September 2009, when trains were delayed and passengers were stranded on trains stuck between stations.

The Red and Green lines will intersect at two points for transfers between the lines. The first is at Union Station, billed as the world’s largest underground metro station spanning an area of 25,000 square metres. The station is built over two levels and can handle about 22,000 passengers an hour. The second intersection is at Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station.

Sources: Khaleej Times, The National

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