Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will launch the Dubai Metro Green Line in September, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Saturday.
The Green Line will span 23km and include 16 stations in addition to the transfer stations, Union and Khalid bin Al Waleed Stations, which are shared with the Red Line.
All stations will be up and running for the launch except Al Jadaf and Creek Stations, due to the non-completion of property projects to be served by the two stations, the RTA said in a statement.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, said that the opening of the Green Line would see a "considerable pick up" in the number of metro riders in Dubai as it "serves dynamic and high-density commercial, government and residential areas".
He added that the operational timing of the Green Line would be the same as the Red Line, with 13 trains operating during the morning and evening peak hours and 10 trains in the off-peak hours.
A total of 16 stations will be opened on the Green Line, starting with Etisalat Station, situated at Al Qusais near Emirates Road, which will have a multi-level Park-and-Ride terminal with a capacity to house 2,350 vehicles as well as a bus station.
The Green Line route then takes in Al Qusais Station, Airport Free Zone Station, Al Nahda Station, Stadium Station, Al Qiyadah Station, Abu Hail Station, Abu Baker Al Siddique Station.
The Green Line includes an 8km underground section, starting with Salah Uddin Station, then moving on to Baniyas Square Station, Palm Deira Station, Al Ras and Al Ghubaiba Stations, Al Fahidi Station before the two lines converge at Khalid bin Al Waleed Station.
The route then moves back above the ground and stops at Oud Metha Station before finishing at Dubai Healthcare City Station which will be the terminus station under the initial operational stage.
Al Tayer said that RTA had opted to hold the opening of Al Jadaf and Creek Stations, adding that they could be opened at a later stage when neighbouring real estate projects are completed.
Serco, the operator of the Dubai Metro, is progressing with technical trials of the Green Line, the RTA said.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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