Dubai Metro begins Green Line tests

Trials begin on Metro's second line ahead of August 2011 opening

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Trial runs on the Dubai Metro Green Line have begun, Emirates 24/7 has reported.

The network’s second line is scheduled to begin operations in August 2011, 17 months after its initial launch date of April this year.

Last month, an official at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) told the National that all the stations on the Green Line would be ready by their target date, although some of them would remain closed depending the development of their neighbourhoods.

“All the Green Line stations will be ready but it depends on ridership. If you look at Jadaf station there is no development, there is no construction around it for opening this station,” Ramadan Mohammed, director of rail operations, told the newspaper.

The Green Line will be 23 km long, with an initial 17 trains rising to 42 by 2015 and 50 by 2020.

Only some of the remaining eight closed stations on the Red Line will be opened this year, Mohammed said.

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