Dubai confirms plan to extend metro system

Senior transport official says project will go out to tender 'very soon'; to be completed before Expo 2020
Dubai confirms plan to extend metro system
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By Staff writer
Wed 05 Feb 2014 01:37 PM

Dubai's metro system is set to undergo expansion following Dubai’s 2020 Expo win, according to Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, the CEO of the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) rail arm.

“We did not finalise the alignment but we are tendering the project very soon so we can finish before Expo 2020,” he told Middle East Rail, with one report suggesting that tenders could be issued by April.

“It will be around 10-15km, depending on the alignment.” Up to four new stations are likely to be added.

The extension will push out from Jebel Ali to the Expo site next to the new Al Maktoum International Airport - effectively providing a direct connection between both city airports.

At the other end, meanwhile, Al Ali added that work was progressing on a 3.5km extension bringing the red line from its Rashadiya terminus out to Mirdif City Centre Mall.

“Another project we will complete before 2020 is the extension of the Green Line, which is 20.6km. It will extend to Al Jaddaf, with 11 stations serving areas such as International City, Academic City and Dubai Silicon Oasis," said Al Ali.

Al Ali said that since the formation of the RTA in 2005 to promote greater public transport use, the percentage of journeys has increased from six percent to 13 percent last year, with journey numbers climbing from 163 million to 330 million. It is targeting an increase to 20 percent of all journeys by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.

This will be further boosted by the new Al Sufouh Tramway, on which test runs began earlier this month. Al Ali said phase one should start in November 2014 and contain 11 stations along 10.4km of track. It will be linked to Dubai Metro at a couple of locations, including Dubai Marina station.

A second phase, set to complete by 2020, will add a further seven stations and 5km, linking Burj Al Arab area and Mall of The Emirates.

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