Watch: Dubai RTA reveals $2.8bn Route 2020 metro
Construction of the the Route 2020 metro project will start by the fourth quarter of 2016, RTA director general said
The Route 2020 metro project, extending the Red Line of the Dubai Metro, has been awarded to the French, Spanish and Turkish Firms.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has awarded the $2.8 billion (AED10.6bn) contract for the Route 2020 metro expansion to the Expolink Consortium led by Alstom, Acciona and Gulermak.
The extension, which will pass through several areas including Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estates and Dubai Investment Park, spans 15 km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station all the way to Expo 2020’s location.
“Construction will start by the fourth quarter of 2016,” RTA director general Matar Al Tayer said at a press event today, adding that the official operation of the service is set to start on 20 May, 2020 – five months ahead of the opening of Expo 2020.
“The trial run is expected to start in Q4 2019,” Al Tayer added.
“The project encompasses seven stations, including a transfer station with thr Red Line, Expo Station, three elevated stations and two underground stations.”
The ridership of Route 2020 is expected to reach 125,000 rider a day in 2020, according to RTA studies, and increase to 275,000 passengers by 2030.
“The Route 2020 extension is a project of the highest importance globally and we are tremendously honoured and happy to get the opportunity to contribute to the infrastructure development, which will enable the world to come and visit Expo 2020,” Alstom CEO and Chairman Henri Poupart-Lafarge said.
“We will bring the most innovative technologies to the 2020 project and will continue to be global partners for RTA.”
We look forward to kicking off this project and we thank the RTA leadership for the trust they have placed in us, [and] we commit to meeting Dubai’s expansion [and] delivering high-quality solutions on times,’ the CEO added.
The route will also serve Al Maktoum International Airport, according to Al Tayer.