Extra stations mooted for Dubai Metro Green Line
RTA masterplan review mulls Green Line extension to Academic City
An extension of the Dubai Metro Green Line to Academic City could see additional stations added to the route to serve the densely-populated eastern areas, according to the RTA.
“The population in these areas is growing very fast,” said RTA rail planning and development director Abdul Redha al Hassan. However, a decision about the extension would only be taken in the third quarter of this year.
Academic City is about 7km south-east of the Emirates Road-E66 junction. RTA has said it has embarked on a masterplan review of all its current transport projects.
Dubai Metro’s Green Line will open to the public in August 2011, according to a senior RTA official. In an interview with Construction Week, Abdul Younes, RTA CEO for strategy and corporate governance, said construction of the line had been subject to delays due to changes to the original contract.
“The construction contract for the Green Line and Red Line was awarded at the end of 2005. The contract was extended because we added 4km to 6km of line and extra stations, four on the Green Line and two on the Red Line,” he said.
“We have had a lot more passengers than we expected on the Dubai Metro. By opening the Green Line, we expect the number of passengers to increase even more, because it goes through very popular areas of Dubai.”
The Green Line is the second line of the Dubai Metro network, which was officially opened in September 2009. Upon completion, the Green Line as it stands now will have 18 stations spanning 22.5km.
Of these stations, 12 will be elevated and six will be underground. The line is expected to handle as many as 22,000 passengers an hour.