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Green Line on track to open in September: RTA

Dubai Metro’s second line is expected to attract 22,000 passengers per hour, was due to launch in April 2010

Green Line on track to open in September: RTA
In March, the RTA said it would slash staff and daily train services at the metro in a bid to trim costs by around AED7.5m
Green Line on track to open in September: RTA
On board the Dubai Metro
Green Line on track to open in September: RTA
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ALI KHALIL A Dubai Metro train speeds past Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai on September 8, 2010. Dubai Metro may have altered the commuting scene in this car-loving city, but a year after the first train left the station winning over the hard-core motorists remains an uphill struggle. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Dubai Metro’s Green Line will be completed in August and is expected
to open to passengers in September, a senior official at the emirate’s Roads and
Transport Authority (RTA) said.

“The Green Line will be completed in August this year,” Abdul
Younes, CEO for strategy and corporate governance, told Arabian Business. “We
might open the line around September. We do not know what date exactly. The
pricing structure will be the same as the Red Line; everything will be the
same.”

The metro’s second line, originally slated for completion in
April 2010, was reported last month to have been pushed back to the last
quarter of 2011 as construction delays slowed progress.

In March, the RTA said it would slash staff and daily train services
at the metro in a bid to trim costs by around AED7.5m ($2.04m). The same cutbacks
would apply to the Green Line, the authority said, to achieve estimated savings
of AED47m.

On completion, the Green Line will have 18 stations spanning
22.5 km, and will run through heavily populated areas such as Deira and Bur
Dubai.

Of the 18 stations on the Green Line, 12 are to be elevated
and six will be underground stations.

The line is expected to handle as many as 22,000 passengers
per hour.

In November of 2010, RTA officials said that they were
considering extending the Green Line by a further 20 kilometres so as to link
it to Dubai’s Academic City.

If approved, the plan will benefit thousands of students and
staff at the education development, which is set to have 40,000 students by the
end of 2015.

Initial plans for the Dubai Metro included the Blue and
Purple lines, which were approved for construction before the credit crunch
slowed transport projects in the emirate. Younes said there were no immediate
plans to resurrect the additional tracks.

 “No new lines are
being planned for the time being,” he said, adding that the lines were still in
the RTA’s long term plans.

The authority said in January it would seek private funding
for 30 percent of its largest projects until 2015, in a bid to spread the cost
and risk associated with large developments.

Last month, Dubai unveiled a plan to raise financing backed
by future Salik road-toll receipts, a programme said to have received at least
$1bn in bids after just four weeks.

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Abdulla Mundock 9 years ago

The extension to Dubai Academic City will be icing on the cake for this project.

Just as Jebal Ali industrial zone for the Red line the potential pull at the either end of a metro is huge numbers generator for all intermediate stops in metro link. At the moment the green line stops abruptly at Jadaf it’s almost like slipping into oblivion at the end of journey. The last station should be momentous so, DAC is a colourful stop to a wonderful journey.

Not to mention Dubai Land / Natural Reserve and natural draw of route 66 are all stone’s throw away from Dubai Academic City.

Missing out on DAC stop is like throwing away the icing and eating the crumbs.