By Andy Sambidge
RTA chief announces move; new timetable will apply to both the Red Line and new Green Line
Operating hours on the Dubai Metro system are to be extended from September 3, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Wednesday.
The rail system will open until midnight on weekdays (from Saturday to Wednesday) and up to 1am on weekends (Thursday and Friday), the RTA said in a statement.
The new timetable will apply to both the Red Line and the Green Line when it starts operations on September 9, the statement added.
As a result, the total number of trains deployed on both the Red and Green Lines will rise to 50 during peak time and 28 during off-peak time.
A total of 36 trains will be deployed on the Red Line during peak hours and 18 trains during off-peak hours, while 14 trains will be operated on the Green Line during peak hours and 10 trains during off-peak hours.
Service frequency will be from 6-8 minutes, resulting in a "considerable increase" in the number of passengers lifted by the metro, the statement said.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, said: "The decision to extend the metro operational hours is synchronised with RTA preparations for the launch of the metro Green Line as this line will serve vital areas with high population density and malls visited by citizens, residents and visitors.
"The decision has been taken in the light of a survey carried out by the RTA among the metro riders to probe their views and needs as far as the service hours of the metro are concerned.
"The survey revealed that several passengers prefer the extension of the metro operations to match the working hours of malls and recreational facilities."
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will launch the much-anticipated Green line on September 9.
All of the Green Line stations will open to the public except Al Jadaf and Creek Stations, as the real estate developments they were intended to serve have yet to be completed.
The total passenger count for both lines is forecast to increase from about 190,000 daily to at least 250,000 once the Green Line is fully operational.
Good News , as the Green Line is opening ,
but we were awaiting for the Creek Station, as there are a lot of Ship repairing Companies in that area . Only 1 bus (c4) is serving that route .
I hope Officials will look into it to statrt atleast creek statio it would be able to serve a lot of peoples working in Creek Side.
All good news but please can it start earlier - for example, 0500 each day and especially on Fridays start at the same time instead of in the afternoon. Then more of us can have a chance of using it.
I just don't understand why the RTA limit the timings so badly with the metro. If it is to truly become part of the travel infrastructure of Dubai it needs to be more accessible to the people who want to use it. Why 1.00am only on weekends? The cinemas are offering late shows during the week so why not offer trains home from MOE for example for the people who choose to watch them? Most mystifying is the lack of any trains on Friday morning? Many of the targeted users for the Metro only get one day off - Friday - so why not offer them transportation for the whole day instead of only half of it? All the RTA has to do is look at the worlds most successful metro systems in places like London and Amsterdam to see how they should be operating the Dubai metro. Time for the RTA to stop being so precious about their trains and allow people to really use them as a mass transit system should be used. An added benefit will be fewer car journeys and therefore safer roads!
You are absolutely right, friday mornings is what people who want and need to travel by Metro, Dont have high frequency but atleast a skeleton service to start with and see how it works.
Publicise it well to reach the common person and you will see the results as service company rather than just a profit centre like every other thing.
It is a purely commerical decision. the RTA will make more money from taxi journeys during this time than the metro. Why is it that the metro does not run during the busiest time at DXB, because it forces people to take taxis and incur the AED 20 levy for using a airport taxi. Ask any taxi driver their viewpoint on the metro and they will tell you how it has cut their revenue.
The time RTA starts thinking for the benefit of the residents of Dubai will they by truely successful and not because of the short term profit.