According to a recent Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announcement in Dubai, the upgrade work has hit a 40% completion status for three stations on the Dubai Metro Red Line. The UAE Exchange, Damac Properties, and Dubai Internet City are such stations.
The two main factors cited for this upgrade are the expansion of services and passengers’ growing number. Thus, Residents of Dubai properties are highly expected to quickly complete this project as it will allow them to fly soon.
The RTA published the new figures showing the rising number of commuters in the city.
According to these figures, in the year 2019, passengers using shared means of transportation and public transport hit 594 million. In 2018, the number stood at 589 million. Similarly, the total number of people using public transit every day has also risen. In 2018, public transit in Dubai was used by 1.61 million passengers. However, this number has jumped to 1.63 million in 2019.
In addition, Metro, city buses, e-hail vehicles, rail, coastal transport, taxis, and smart car rental vehicles provide public transport in Dubai. As 34 percent of total users choose it over other ways, the Dubai Metro is the most used transportation method. It is closely accompanied by taxis, which account for 30 percent. Public buses (26%), meanwhile, are also stated to be favored by passengers.
Dubai Metro Green
In 2019, Dubai Metro Green and Lines used 202.98 million individuals to hit their destinations. Of all the stations, Burjuman and Union had a maximum of 12.76 million and 10.6 million passengers, respectively.
In the view of the Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Director-General of RTA, Matter Mohammed Al Tayer, the renovation and enhancement of these stations and surrounding facilities are in line with the goal of RTA to enhance cyclists and pedestrians’ commuting experience. It will provide a comfortable and smooth commuting experience for them, particularly during peak hours.
The UAE Exchange station will have an additional Eastern gateway as part of this upgrade initiative. It would make the arrival of riders more comfortable and hassle-free at the station. Similarly, at Dubai Internet City station, a new Western entrance is being set up. The connection between Dubai Marina Tram Station and Damac Station will be strengthened. As a growing number of Damac Hills Villas, residents and nearby areas use the Metro for commuting purposes. Thus, these stations would handle a rising number of passengers.
Additionally, these stations would also be equipped with pedestrian crossings, landscaping, shaded resting areas, and signs other than modern exits.
The extension and renovation of these three stations are part of a master plan to develop the
connectivity of 40 stations by 2025, including Metro and maritime transport.
Moreover, the connections between multiple stations and nearby attractions (urban and tourist) falling within a 500 m radius would be strengthened as per this master plan.
According to Al Tayer, these choices were chosen after considering various crucial variables, including population density, number of runners, the geographical composition of the surrounding areas, etc. Thus, the project would provide safe, easy, and seamless mobility for pedestrians, drivers, and bicycles when