By Rob Morris
RTA insists the opening date of all 29 red line stations has not changed.
The RTA has insisted that all stations along the Dubai Metro’s red line will open on time following reports of delays.
On Monday, a spokesperson for the Roads and Transport Authority told Arabian Business that the schedule for opening all 29 stations from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali had not changed.
“We announced before that we are opening all stations and there is nothing beyond that at this point in time,” the spokesperson said.
“You should take what comes out of the RTA,” the spokesperson added in response to reports that only nine stations would be operational.
When asked whether the RTA would keep the public informed of any delays to the $4.2bn metro project, the official said: “100 percent and I think we are one of the top communicators in the country. Certainly if there is any new information we will let everybody know.”
An unconfirmed media report on Monday claimed that only a third of the stations on the red line would be working from September 9.
The report also said that a further 10 stations would open in October with the final 10 coming on line the following month.
While the RTA is now denying any delays, its chairman Mattar Al Tayer said in March that not all stations would be operational when the metro opened.
During a press conference last month to announce metro fares, Al Tayer revealed station openings would depend on the stage of developments running along the line.
“There would be no point in opening a station where there are no buildings finished,” he said.
“For example, if you go along Sheikh Zayed Road you will see a building under construction that is not yet finished, so why should I add to the operating cost [of the Metro]? I would rather wait three or four months until those buildings are finished.”
The RTA wants 30 percent of Dubai’s population to eventually use public transport.
The majority of the Metro is above ground and we all drive around Town and see that the stations are NOT finished. So why not do something different, tell the truth and open what you can. You might find a positive response to the opening and show that Dubai is not trying to hide something, again!
Why r u talking as if its a conspiracy or something. Why would the RTA want to hide that? If there will be a delay we will eventually know so there is no point in the RTA denying such information in the first place.
Sooner or later, the 9th of Spetember 2009 will come, only then we would really know the true number of redline stations that are opened. I am a civil engineer, and from what I can see, some of the stations would need more time to complete. Nevertheless, the RTA might prove me wrong and open all stations on 09.09.09 and lets all hope for that.
They want 30 percent of the people to use the metro, which means some FILTH(ED) [Failed in London, Try Hong Kong, Exit to Dubai] will have to give up their Boxters and join the throngs. I think not.
Its amazing how cynical some folk are in Dubai. Whoever the genius is that came up with the acronym FILTH(ED) is clearly wasted in Dubai. Would be good if John disappeared from this city and continued his negative rantings in London or Hong Kong. I think the Metro will be a huge success and the RTA should be applauded for building this amazing piece of engineering under the circumstances.
Well it seems that they will open the red line on the given date but iam sure they will some excuses on the day of opening. let us wait for 090909.......
That's weird - if you take an Emirates flight to Dubai, it currently shows you a tourist video of Dubai when you land which includes people using the metro, trains zooming past each other, etc. You would have thought they would wait until it was actually running.
By any yardstick, RTA has done a commendable job of the whole metro project. If for some reason, few stations are not operational on 999, it no big deal and does not in any way take way credit from of RTA or Metro. AB must publish this news some-where in page 3 of transportation section.
We will be there on 090909, looking forward to use myMetro.
I must commend the RTA for doing a fantastic job and that too in these times. Let us look forward to 090909 and am sure that this will be the first signal of a bounceback for Brand Dubai