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Dubai metro to double number of trains in April - paper

Move will reduce maximum waiting times at stations by half during rush hour.

Dubai metro to double number of trains in April - paper
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Dubai metro will double its number of trains when seven new stations open next month, according to a report on Friday.

According to The National daily, a transport official said that the move would reduce the maximum waiting times at stations from 10 minutes to six minutes during rush hour.

Ramadan Abdullah, head of rail operations for the Roads and Transport Authority’s Rail Agency said that the number of trains plying on the Red Line will be increased to around 25 when the new stations become operative from April 25.

Currently there are 12 trains on the Red Line, the daily added.

However, passengers will still have to wait 10 minutes between trains during off-peak times, according to The National.

The remaining works in the stations on Dubai Metro's Red Line will be completed in April 2010, and all works in the stations on the Green Line will be completed in August 2011, a senior official from Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) announced in a press release last month.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA said that the contractor of the Dubai Metro Project; Dubai Rail Link (DURL) Consortium; is set to complete all the remaining works on the Red Line (18 stations) on 25 April 2010.

All works in the stations on the Metro's Green Line will be completed in August 2011, he added.

"The operation of Red Line stations will be in phases starting from April 25th, 2010; where several key stations will be operational; namely Emirates Station, Airport Terminal 1 Station, GGICO Station, Al Karama Station, World Trade Center Station, Marina Station, and Ibn Battuta Station. The remaining stations will be operated over the following months of 2010" Al Tayer said.

More than 842,000 people used Dubai’s public transport systems a day on average last year, official figures reveal.

The number is set to rise in 2010 with the full opening of the Metro’s Red Line next month.

About 35 million passengers are forecast to travel on Dubai Metro this year.

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oz 10 years ago

erm.... 842K pax per day on average... x 365 = ??? someone lend them a calculator.... please....

Joe P 10 years ago

This year 307 million passengers should be using the Metro if you had 842K per day last year. That would be incredible just as we were promised with the opening of the Metro!!!! Wow, amazing!!!!!

Telco guy 10 years ago

Assuming 1.5M people in Dubai (last census is 1.4M), assuming the 842k are not unique passengers but tickets, assuming 2 tickets per actual passenger... that means that 1 in 4 people in Dubai, including women and children take the metro every single day. An amazing feat that took other cities many more years and a metro network with much more capillarity (Madrid has similar penetration and needs almost 300 stations!).

greydog 10 years ago

A previous related article states that... 'The emirate’s public transport systems, which include the Metro, buses, marine transport and taxis, lifted some 288.7 million people last year...' So your numbers include ALL public transport INCLUDING taxis!

alex 10 years ago

In fairness, the original statement was that 842k people "used the metro" each day - which is clearly wrong. It now says "used public transport" which, if it includes taxis, struck me as surprisingly low.