Dubai Metro’s Green Line has officially opened on 10th September, exactly two years after the launch of Dubai Metro’s Red Line.
The Green Line spans around 23km with eighteen stations that will provide low-cost transport for passengers living in the older areas of the city including Bur Dubai and Deira.
The Metro’s second line is starting from Etisalat station, at Al Qusais near Emirates Road, before moving to stops Al Qusais, Airport Free Zone, Al Nahda, Stadium, Al Qiyadah station on Ittihad road, Abu Hail, Abu Baker Al Siddique, Salahuddin and then Union station, intersecting both the metro lines.
It follows through Baniyas Square, Palm Deira, Al Ras, Al Ghubaiba, Al Fahidi, Khalid Bin Al Waleed, where there is another intersection between the metro lines, and going to Dubai Healthcare City.
Dubai Metro has become the longest fully automated metro network in the world with the opening of the Green Line. All the stations in the Green Line have been opened to the public except for Al Jadaf and Creek stations. Real estate developments that these stations are intended to serve are yet to be completed.
During peak hours, fourteen trains will operate along the new line, which will be reduced to ten trains during off peak hours. The maximum wait time for a train will be six to eight minutes, and tickets will cost the same as the Red Line.
The Green Line is expected to attract daily passenger tallies of 190,000 to 250,000 which will help further reduce traffic congestion in Dubai.
Commuters using the Metro’s Red Line will be able to switch to the Green Line via Union and Khalid Bil Al Waleed stations. All Green Line stations will be connected to the metro by a network of buses running every fifteen to twenty minutes in a feeder system. More than 450 buses will be launched today, providing transport to 39 different routes.
It’s a tremendous initiative and we congratulate the RTA on reaching this next milestone.
See: EW Guide to getting around Dubai by Metro