RTA mulls Dubai Metro expansion options
The Dubai Metro is likely to reach Al Warqa’a if a proposal that is currently being studied by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is approved, Gulf News reports.
Expansion of both Red and Green Lines before Expo 2020 has already been rubber stamped, however RTA engineers are currently finalising the exact routes for extensions.
As part of the planned expansion, the length of the Green Line will almost double from the current 22.5 kilometres and the Red Line will be extended from both ends by up to 20 kilometres.
“There are three to four route proposals for the extension of the Red Line from Jebel Ali to the Expo 2020 site. We have finalised the destination but the routes are being studied and, depending on which route is approved, the extension on the southern end of the Red Line could vary,” said an RTA official.
At the other end of the Red Line, the approved extension is from Rashidiya to Mirdif City Centre, which is 3.5 kilometres with one new station. However, the official said that there is a proposal to extend it further to Al Warqa’a, which is currently being studied.
On the Green Line, the extension plan of 20.6 kilometres from Jaddaf to Academic City has been finalised. The extension will snake through Festival City, Lagoons, Ras Al Khor Industrial Area, International City as well as Silicon Oasis and Dubai Academic City.
The number of stations on both lines combined is expected to increase to 70 from the current 47, with 11 new stations planned on the Green Line and 12 on the Red Line.
According to plans, the Green Line is also expected to pass via Meydan in Nad Al Sheba on its way to Academic City.
As the route for the Green Line is being worked out, RTA engineers are studying the feasibility of a possible connectivity to the Meydan station of Etihad Rail.
The union rail network, which is set to complete phase one by 2017, is also expected to connect with the Red Line of Dubai Metro at Al Maktoum International Airport.