Dubai set to open final green line metro stations

Al Jadaf and Creek stations to open on Saturday, says Dubai's transport authority chief
Dubai set to open final green line metro stations
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By Andy Sambidge
Wed 26 Feb 2014 02:09 PM

Dubai's transport authority said on Wednesday that the final two station on the green line of the city's metro will open this weekend.

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) said that it will open the Al Jadaf and Creek stations on Saturday.

By operating these two final stations, the RTA will be completing the operation of all the Dubai Metro stations, the RTA said in a statement.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, said: “Al Jadaf and Creek stations; which are located at the end of the Green Line track, serve existing projects and others under construction such as the Culture Village and Sama Al Jadaf, and they will also serve the Dubai Festival City through operating a marine transit service linking with the Creek Station."

The new stations are among the elevated metro stations and each station extends 132 metres in length and 29 metres in width, and has a capacity to handle 11,000 passengers per hour per direction.

“Operating these two stations will contribute significantly to expediting the development tempo in the neighbourhood, and accordingly the ridership will pick up gradually as per the foreseeable inputs. The daily ridership of Al Jadaf Station is forecasted as 2,100 riders per day, whereas the Creek Station is expected to be used by about 1,400 riders every day," said Al Tayer.

"However, these numbers are poised to double up exponentially with the opening of property development projects, some of which are nearing completion,” he added.

A total of 16 employees will man the two metro stations, the statement said.

The number of passengers using the Dubai metro per year has almost doubled in two years with new figures showing 138m people travelled on the red and green lines in 2013.

The data, from the RTA, comes as overall use of Dubai’s mass transit systems - comprising the Dubai Metro, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis – has surged by 27 percent from 346.5m passengers in 2011 to 440.67m in 2013.

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