Dubai Metro's three new lines to be added by 2030
Network extension will serve growing population, says RTA chairman
The proposed expansion of Dubai's Metro which was postponed as a result of the economic crisis appears to be back on, with both the Red and Green lines extended and three new lines - Blue, Gold and Purple - set to be running by 2030.
According to Khaleej Times, land has already been acquired for widening the existing network, while the new rail routes and infrastructure will be built over three phases, bringing the total number of stations to 197.
The chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Mattar Al Tayer said that the plans had been endorsed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The authority's planners believe that Dubai's population will increase to around 3.1m by 2020 and to 4.1m by 2025 - up from an estimated 2.1m currently - and Al Tayer said that he hoped 30% of the population would use the expanded network once complete.
"The general blueprint of the train network is in three phases - 2020, 2025 and 2030 - keeping in mind planned urban growth in the Emirate," said Al Tayer.
The first phase will involve the extension of the Green line, with 12 new stations and 24km of track installed. This will see the Green Line extended by 20.6km from Jaddaf to Dubai Academic City. The second phase would see a further 58 stations added and 91km added.
The Purple line will provide an extension out to the new Al Maktoum airport and Al Tayer said there were several alternative routes planned which would link the airport to the proposed site of the Dubai 2020 Expo. The network will also link to the proposed GCC-wide rail network in three locations - Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai Land and Central station.
New figures released by the RTA state that it carried 367.7m passengers last year across Metro, bus, marine transport and taxi networks. This compared with 346.5m in 2011 and 323m in 2010.