The upcoming Route 2020 Metro track is well underway in Dubai. Over the weekend, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) upcoming Route 2020 Metro track, and there was plenty to be impressed with.
The Route 2020 Project’s track will have a 11.8 km elevated track and 3.2 km underground track, featuring one interchange station with the Red Line, one iconic station at Expo 2020 site, three elevated stations and two underground stations.
This means it brings Dubai Metro to new communities, including The Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai Investment Park and the Expo 2020 site, It’s set to serve a combined an added 270,000 residents.
Along with serving as a way of travel to Expo 2020, it will also serve as a route between Dubai neighbourhoods and Al Maktoum International Airport later on.
As for the new Expo 2020 Station, it features a unique design – the wings of an aircraft. The staation 18,800 sq m in area and extends 119 m in length, serving up to 29,000 riders per hour during peak times and 522,000 riders per day. The station has three platforms, six bus lanes, 20 taxi drop off slots and four designated parking slots for people of determination.
“Dubai Metro today serves as the backbone of the public transport system in the emirate, connecting various vital areas,” said Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
“The Metro has transformed the way Dubai’s population travels within the city and plays a key role in supporting the city’s sustainable economic development, reducing carbon emissions and helping enhance people’s living standards.”
HH Sheikh Hamdan added: “Since its launch in September 2009, the Dubai Metro has served approximately 1.56 billion riders across 2.6 million journeys. With an on-time departure rate of 99.7 percent, the Dubai Metro ranks among the world’s top mass transit systems.”