September 23, 2013

Dubai metro network set for expansion

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DUBAI Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has reportedly finalised plans for the extension of its two existing driverless metro lines with the aim of completing both projects by 2020.

According to local media reports, Mr Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, acting CEO of the RTA's rail division, says that studies are currently being carried out on the 12km extension of the Red Line from Rashidiya to Mirdif and the 24km Green Line extension from the existing Creek terminus in Al Jaddaf to Academic City. Both projects are included in the RTA's rail masterplan and construction is expected to begin next year.

The Red Line extension will serve newly-built areas of the city, such as Shurooq and Al Mizhar, while the new section of the Green Line will connect Ras Al Khor Industrial Area, International City, and Silicon Oasis to the metro network.

The 75km network currently carries around 366,000 passengers per day.

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