RTA’s metro stations’ upgradation project in Dubai 40% complete
Dubai Internet City, Damac Properties, and UAE Exchange stations on Dubai Metro’s Red Line are being upgraded
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)is improving three metro stations across the Red Line including Dubai Internet City, Damac Properties, and UAE Exchange, alongwith the surrounding infrastructure, with the upgradation project having noted 40% completion.
According to HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, the project aims to improve the experience of pedestrians and cyclists, and provide safe and smooth mobility for people of determination.
He said: “The project works include the construction of an additional Western entrance at Dubai Internet City station and improving the link between Damac Properties station and Dubai Marina Tram station to cope with the growing number of riders, especially during the morning and evening peak hours.”
Al Tayer added that an additional Eastern entrance will be built at UAE Exchange station to ease the arrival of riders at the station.
Additionally, civil works will also be carried out at the Eastern and Western sides of the stations’ entrances “to improve the integration of transit means and the accessibility of metro stations”.
“The project works also includes the construction of pedestrian crossings, shaded rest areas, landscaping and signage,” added Al Tayer.
Al Tayer explained that the project was a part of a master plan to improve the infrastructure of 40 metro and marine transport stations by 2025.
“The plan calls for improving the link between the stations and the surrounding urban and tourist destinations in a radius of 500 metres. It also aims to ensure safe and smooth accessibility of those areas to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers,” he stressed.
RTA has been selecting stations for the upgrade based on various factors, including the number of riders, number of people of determination using the stations, population density, geographical distribution in the surrounding areas, and the number of mobility journeys between transit means.