By Andy Sambidge
Dubai's transport chief says remaining 19 stations on track for phased opening in Feb.
Construction work on all 19 of the stations still to open on the Dubai Metro's Red Line have been completed, the emirate's transport chief has announced.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), added that the stations were on track for a phased opening in February 2010.
Al Tayer also said that electromechanical works in the stations ranged from 80 to 97 percent complete during an inspection visit to the Dubai Metro Command and Control Centre at Rashidiya.
Final touches are being made to the Emirates Towers metro Station in preparation for a technical trial run, the RTA added in a statement.
Al Tayer said he was delighted with the progress of work in various project locations and commended the "diligent and tireless efforts" being made by the workers to complete the project.
But he also called on the company carrying out the remaining works to do more in order to complete to complete the job and get of all of the stations opened as scheduled.
Last week it was reported that the number of Dubai Metro passengers in the first two months of operation was about 40 percent higher than pre-launch estimates.
Nearly three million passengers have used the Dubai Metro since the September 9 launch at an average of 57,000 trips per day, the RTA said.
It also revealed that new services for the elderly and students were to be launched in 2010, with free travel being one option for the elderly and reductions for students.
Last month, a YouGov survey revealed that 59 percent of Dubai residents had yet to ride the metro.
RTA expects passenger numbers on the Red Line to reach 100,000 per day once it is fully operational. The remaining 19 stations are due to open by February 2010 but the RTA has not yet decided whether to open them in phases or all at once.
"It also revealed that new services for the elderly and students were to be launched in 2010, with free travel being one option for the elderly and reductions for students." What is the definition of "Elderly" here???? - Only local Elderly or Elderly of other nationalities also??????
Do you think Local Eldery will travel using Metro?
Though it a good move from RTA to think about the elderly but the question still remain unanwered as to what age the elderly will be classified??????and what kind of asistance will be there to help the elderly at the designated stations?
I personally think the Metro is a huge success in providing value for money solution to many Dubai residents. It is a first class service which is standing on its foot day by day. I suggest the RTA should open key stations like Emirates Towers, Karama, Jebel ALi, Internet City, Al Qouz, Dubai Mall, etc as soon as possible. Residential areas like Karama are eager to get the benefit of the Metro. Well done RTA & Dubai Govt. Opening even one station sooner will add more value to this great effort of the RTA.
Please make sure it is a February opening - if you can open it then, then do it. If you cant, don't give us false hopes!! I'm hoping to stop renting a car when the other stations open.
"February Opening " Which February!!!!!!!!!!! Hope it is 2010?
When the remaining Metro stations open in February (?), I hope the trains will run A.) travel faster and B.) stop for less time at each station. I'm hoping, for its own sake, the trains are currently running according to its final operating schedule when all stations are complete. ie. At the moment the trains run at approx 85km/hr, are every 10 minutes, and stop at each station for 2-3 (?) minutes. I'm hoping trains will run 100km/hr, every 3/4 minutes, and stop at each station for 30 seconds. Therefore, when the remaining stations open, the journey times will remain the same as they are currently. Am I wrong??
As someone who uses the Metro for work three days a week - having to use Financial Centre to reach the DIFC is a little inconvenient - ET would be a much better station - weird naming really, as FC doesn't truly serve the DIFC. Another issue I have is the irritating loop sonic that they play incessantly - please, please, please stop it. Apart from that, am loving the Metro, I don't feel nearly as stressed, and the opportunity to walk a little is great - now if they would only get vehicles with black smoking exhausts off the road, the air quality would be better and also, put some proper pedestrian footpaths out there - baby steps I guess.
Can someone please enlighten me about the reason for the trains stopping at the metro stations for 2-3 minutes? Surely 30 seconds is more than enough!!
Yes, the ideal timing is 20-30 seconds depending on the station. At the moment, the purpose of the 2-3 minute delay is to make current journey times comparable to when all the remaining stations are operational. The trains move through unfinished stations without stopping, artificially speeding up journey times. The 2-3 minute delay also provides more time for people to filter on-board...increasing flexibility since stations are currently few and far between and trains are only every 10 minutes.