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Hundreds of buses to connect Green Line commuters

Dubai Metro’s second line set to open Sept 9, to connect older areas of city

Hundreds of buses to connect Green Line commuters
More than 400 buses will run every 15-20 minutes in a feeder system aimed at maximising passenger numbers on the rail network

Dubai’s transport agency will launch more than 400 buses on
39 routes to link commuters to metro stations served by the new Green Line, the
CEO of public transport at the RTA has said.

The 456 buses will run every 15-20 minutes in a feeder
system aimed at maximising passenger numbers on the rail network, Essa Al
Dosary told Arabian Business.

 “It will connect all
the communities around the metro station with the metro stations. The concept
of public transport is like a fish bowl. The main tank is the metro.”

The cost of the bus fare will be included in the price of
the metro ticket, which is priced according to a zoning system.  

“There will be a flat fare for both modes of transport, so
the customers won’t see a change in the fare unless they change their zone,”
said Al Dosary. “Passengers are charged not by mode of transport but by their
zone. This is the best model and price structure worldwide.”

The Green Line will add a further 18 stations and 23km to
the existing Dubai Metro rail network, and has already undergone technical
trial runs in preparation for its launch this Friday.

Dubai’s ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will unveil
the network, which will allow commuters to switch between the Metro’s Green and
Red Line at Union and Khalid bin Al Waleed stations.

Fourteen trains will operate along the new line during peak
hours, reducing to ten trains during off peak hours, the RTA said. The
frequency will range from 6 to 8 minutes.

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 Green Line’s starting point is Etisalat station, at Al
Qusais near Emirates Road, before moving to stops Al Qusais, Airport Free Zone,
Al Nahda, Al Qiyadah station on Al Ittihad road, Abhu Hail, Abu Baker Al
Siddique, Salah Uddin and then Union station, where both metro lines intersect.
The Green Line then moves through Baniyas Square, Palm Deira, Al Ras, Al Ghubaiba.
Al Fahidi, Khalid bin Al Waleed and to Dubai Healthcare City.

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