RTA to slash metro trip time next October

DUBAI: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced plans to slash travel times on the Metro’s Red Line. The services will cut 10 minutes off the journey from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali, Four new express trains will come into service in October, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said.

Two express trains will leave Rashidiya at 5.30am and 5.40am, with two leaving at the same times from Jebel Ali to help morning commuters get to work quickly, the agency said.

As regards the second option, he said: “The second service is expected to slash the specified waiting time at less frequently used stations. This option is expected to save one minute and forty seconds of the overall trip time, from the first station to the terminal one on the Red Line.” The trains will bypass 14 stations on the Red Line, stopping at the 13 used by more passengers.

The chief executive of RTA’s Rail Agency Adnan Al Hammadi said “Express Trains are to commence operations before the start of the metro’s regular service as an added service to the current trips which start at 5:30 am, and each train will stop only at the most frequently used stations, namely, Al Rashidiya, Emirates, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid bin Al Waleed, Al Karama, Al Jafiliya, Emirates towers, Noor Islamic Bank, First gulf bank, Dubai Internet City, Ibn Battuta, and Jebel Ali stations” “This service option is set to reduce the trip time by 10 minutes as a maximum,” noted Al Hammadi.

As regards the second option, he said: “The second service is expected to slash the specified waiting time at less frequently used stations. This option is expected to save one minute and forty seconds of the overall trip time, from the first station to the terminal one on the Red Line.”

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