RTA confirm which stations will operate when Dubai Metro opens
10 stations will be open when the Dubai Metro Red Line launches on September 9 and the opening of the Green Line has been pushed back three months, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Sunday.
The stations to open on September 9 will be: Rashidiya, Airport Terminal 3, Deira City Center, Al Rigga, Union, Khaleed bin Al Waleed, Al Jafiliya, DIFC, Mall of the Emirates and Nakheel Harbour and Tower.
The Green Line, originally scheduled to open in March 2010, will open three months later than originally planned.
Other stations on the Red Line, such as Jebel Ali, are ready to open on the launch day but are being delayed because surrounding developments are not ready, RTA chairman Mattar Al Tayer said at a press conference.
Most other stations are expected to be open by February next year.
The decision to delay opening all the stations was to avoid "bugs in the system". He added: "The service to the public has to be efficient...we don't want to compromise safety."
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed will officially inaugurate the Dubai Metro on the first day of operations.
Initially, 11 trains will run on the Red Line, which is expected to carry 3,500 passengers per hour in each direction.
During Ramadan, the Metro will operate from 6am to midnight, apart from Fridays when operating hours will be 2pm until midnight. Initially, the trains will run at a rate of six per hour, or every ten minutes. Normal operating hours will be 6am to 11pm, except Fridays, when it will operate from 2pm.
A standard ticket will cost between Dhs2.50 ($0.68) and Dhs6.50 ($1.80).
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geeta dordi Sep 10, 2009 08:08 am
Surprising that the RTA has decided to run the Metro only from 2pm on Fridays.Its a public transport syetem & should be available all day, all week. Even the regular weekday timimgs should begin earlier than 6 am and end later than 11pm as there are a lot of malls/ hotels/cinemas/parks especially which are open until 12 midnight on weeends especially and people are out and about town even after midnioght , both staff at these locations and consumers - public transport should be available at these times too or else its use is very limited and not as per global best practice.
Ziad Jay Sep 08, 2009 06:37 am
I don't understand why people are angry at the partial opening. I think it's only natural to do it this way! Such huge projects have to be gradual and of course delays were expected!
I agree though that Emirates road should be added into the mix with areas such as Arabian Ranches, IMPZ, Green Community, etc... I always thought they will also build a mega station at the beginning of Dubai near Mulla Plaza for all the Sharjah traffic but I was disappointed.
Josh K Sep 07, 2009 06:25 am
How come it doesn't open until early afternoons on Fridays? Surely a public transport system should be open then also? It's not like the New York subway or London Underground have reduced hours on Sunday mornings equivalent to this?!
What about tourists to the emirate? Surely they will be wanting to use it on Friday mornings, as well as residents?
RTA should really be agressive in getting the remainder of stations open ASAP - especially the main ones at Emirates Towers, DXB Terminal 1, Jebel Ali etc.
william Sep 05, 2009 04:23 pm
What exactly is the problem with your rail ops.
Mohamed Abdalla Sep 03, 2009 07:31 am
this is not a good thing.the timings plus unfinished stations does not suit many of us. i was planning on taking the train from Rashidiyah and all the way to the end of the line. jump into my car and drive to AUH where i work. Mr. Al Tayer please help, the trains should start as early as 4:00 a.m.