Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Speculations Surrounding Dubai Metro Launch

41 Days left for the launch of Dubai Metro. One of Dubai’s most ambitious projects is coming to an end. On September 09, 2009 RTA will launch the Red Line. Some of the facts of this line: -

Estimated Passenger Traffic – 600,000 per day
Total Stations – 29
Route – Rashidiya – Jebel Ali
Length – 52.1 km

As an estimate by RTA, the Red and Green Lines will serve 1.2 million passengers on an average day, that is, approx. 27,000 passengers per hour for each line, and 355 million passengers per aer year when both lines are fully operational. And it will comprise 12% of the total trips in Dubai. Bus routes and stops will be organized around the backbone of the metro system. Taxi stations and park-and-ride facilities & services will be provided in the key metro stations.

Now some speculations going around in the market on the launch of Dubai Metro

- Local media has been reporting that Metro will not be fully operational on day one.

- RTA still maintains that all the stations will be operational on the launch date

- Some of the resources have said only 9-10 stations will be active and other stations will be launched gradually over a period of 2 months

- The inauguration will be done at the DIFC station

- One of the stations may not hold any retail outlets but has been bought by one of the local financial institution


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