Dubai Metro operating hours to be extended

Rail system will open longer on weekdays and weekends from next month.


Operating hours on the Dubai Metro system are to be extended from September 3, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Wednesday.

The rail system will open until midnight on weekdays (from Saturday to Wednesday) and up to 1am on weekends (Thursday and Friday), the RTA said in a statement.

The new timetable will apply to both the Red Line and the Green Line when it starts operations on September 9, the statement added.

As a result, the total number of trains deployed on both the Red and Green Lines will rise to 50 during peak time and 28 during off-peak time.

A total of 36 trains will be deployed on the Red Line during peak hours and 18 trains during off-peak hours, while 14 trains will be operated on the Green Line during peak hours and 10 trains during off-peak hours.

Service frequency will be from 6-8 minutes, resulting in a "considerable increase" in the number of passengers lifted by the metro, the statement said.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, said: "The decision to extend the metro operational hours is synchronised with RTA preparations for the launch of the metro Green Line as this line will serve vital areas with high population density and malls visited by citizens, residents and visitors.

"The decision has been taken in the light of a survey carried out by the RTA among the metro riders to probe their views and needs as far as the service hours of the metro are concerned.

"The survey revealed that several passengers prefer the extension of the metro operations to match the working hours of malls and recreational facilities."

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will launch the much-anticipated Green line on September 9.

All of the Green Line stations will open to the public except Al Jadaf and Creek Stations, as the real estate developments they were intended to serve have yet to be completed.

The total passenger count for both lines is forecast to increase from about 190,000 daily to at least 250,000 once the Green Line is fully operational.


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