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Dubai to launch express trains from October

Four trains will serve in the trial phase for five months

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:54 July 30, 2012
  • Gulf News

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  • The 13 stations where the trains will stop at are: Al Rashidiya, Emirates, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid Bin Waleed, Al Karama, Al Jafiliya, Emirates Towers, Noor Islamic Bank, First Gulf Bank, Dubai Internet City, Ibn Battuta, and Jebel Ali Station.

Dubai: Four express trains will serve Dubai Metro’s Red Line from October, cutting the total travel time by 10 minutes.

The trains, two each from Rashidiya and Jebel Ali, will run during morning peak hours and will stop only at 13 out of 27 stations on the Red Line.

The first two trains will start from both sides at 5:30am while the next two trains will start at 5:40am, following which the normal services will begin at 5:50am.

The service is being introduced on a trial basis for five months and is likely to be continued depending on the feedback.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will launch a survey to get commuters’ feedback about the service and if they see a demand there could be more such trains.

“We are launching a campaign to inform people about the new service, we will also launch a study to find out what people feel about the service and if they want changes or more trains, we will do accordingly,” said Adnan Al Hammadi, CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency.

By the look of it, the service is most likely to be permanent and it could even be extended to evening peak hours if there is demand.

The initiative, modelled after similar services in New York and Chicago, will help cut total travel time on the Red Line by 10 minutes.

However, the trains won’t run faster and will continue to operate at its normal commercial speed of 43 km/h.

“The trains will not travel faster but will cut time by skipping as many as 14 stations which are not busy during morning peak hours,” added Al Hammadi.

The stations were decided based on early morning passenger data - those busiest during the morning peak hours have been chosen.

The 13 stations where the trains will stop at are: Al Rashidiya, Emirates, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid Bin Waleed, Al Karama, Al Jafiliya, Emirates Towers, Noor Islamic Bank, First Gulf Bank, Dubai Internet City, Ibn Battuta, and Jebel Ali Station.

Commuters will be informed about the services and which stops the trains will make through announcements so that people don’t board the wrong train.

As a ripple effect of the service, commuters using the less frequented stations will also benefit, as their waiting times would be reduced.

Comments (8)

  1. Added 23:59 August 8, 2607

    if possible, maybe they can also stop, either in terminal 1 or terminal 3 during this phase.

    airport staff, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 23:59 August 8, 2607

    The fast metro is welcome note but the timing, it is of no use, the peak time is between 7 AM to 9 AM , officials need to reconsider this, or the best option is run some pair of trains between, Union - Jabel Ali and Nakheel - Rahsidiya, it will be crucial the moring and evening .

    Satish Kumar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 23:59 August 8, 2607

    all those who want to travel in express trains should reach one of the selected 13 stations using a normal train i.e. get on board from any station and get down on fast track station to board the express travel..

    boy, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 23:58 August 8, 2607

    the timings are not properly chosen, I agree, they should use them during peak time sometime between 7 to 9 am..... trial and error (from someone who takes the metro at least twice a day)

    B, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 23:58 August 8, 2607

    The express trains should run at regular intervals during peak hours between 7am and 10am.

    Vinod, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:34 July 31, 2012

    That's good initiative & it's better to increase the speed of the trains as well.

    AHK, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:18 July 31, 2012

    Hi, Thanks for the initiative , its a good idea to cut down travel time by 10 mins however we feel the 13 stations chosen need to be re thought about as we work in Jumeirah Lake Towers and from experience there are a lot of commuters to this particular station. It would be a great idea to include this one. Thank you!

    Kim, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 10:08 July 31, 2012

    the time is not appropriate, these trains time should be around peak hours, 8 AM.

    Aftab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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