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Old August 30th, 2012, 10:58 PM   #781
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Is it possible to get around Dubai efficiently without a car?
It depends on where you are going. If you are going where the metro goes then yes. If not, then no. Think of it kind of like the Dallas DART system. If it goes where you want to go then it is great. Otherwise it is not so great. The major difference is that the Dubai metro area is more linear and the metro system as such is only two lines, but it covers a fair portion of the city similar to DART.

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Is this the goal of the Dubai government?
In a way, yes. It is aiming to serve the populace that either does not want to have a car or cannot afford one. A metro is a sign of a large, global, developed city, which Dubai has become.

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From what it looks like you need a car to get around many places in Dubai.
Anywhere not near the metro, which is a lot of the tourist and beach areas.

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Also is there a rail link from the airport to the city?
Yep, the Red Line connects directly at two stations in the airport. Terminal 2 passengers can also transfer to the green line Airport Free Zone station.

Below is a map from www.urbanrail.net, one of the best online transit sources IMO.

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Old August 30th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #782
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It looks like really bad planning that the Palm Jumeirah monorail has no connection to a metro station. That kills a lot of its potential. But in general from the little information I have the metro system looks quite ok already, as such. What it might lack is powerful connecting lines, may it be frequent bus connections, light rail etc that connect the metro to the areas north and south of the metro line. That way a very high coverage for relatively modest costs could be achieved.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 07:03 AM   #783
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Is it possible to get around Dubai efficiently without a car? Is this the goal of the Dubai government? From what it looks like you need a car to get around many places in Dubai. Also is there a rail link from the airport to the city?
For tourism purposes, the metro network is quite good. The bus network is also quite decent and the vehicles are fairly new. Taxis are cheap but are not essential to get from one attraction to another.

The airport is very close to the city centre and it only takes a few stops on the metro to get to Deira.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 07:02 AM   #784
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Does anyone have details about limited-stop service scheduled to start on the Red Line in October?

There is this brief in the Railway Gazette but nothing else online:

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/u...er-2012-1.html
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Old September 15th, 2012, 07:15 AM   #785
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I understand that the monorail has very poor ridership but that some of the stations aren't open yet and doesn't connect with the Metro....is that correct and if so are they going to extend/expand it?
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Old September 16th, 2012, 08:21 PM   #786
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It looks like really bad planning that the Palm Jumeirah monorail has no connection to a metro station.
There maybe a planned extension to Dubai Internet City train station

Minimum of USD$200 million is allocated if ever such an extension is green-lighted (so yeah, they made appropriations in-case of the realization of a plausible extension)

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Old September 17th, 2012, 01:02 AM   #787
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All those metros look empty. Does anybody know statistics of ridership?
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Old September 17th, 2012, 06:11 PM   #788
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All those metros look empty. Does anybody know statistics of ridership?
September 2011 ridership (I know, a year old..but at least it is something) was about 30,000 riders a day total for both lines.
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http://topnews.ae/content/29491-duba...september-2011

September 2012 (if my math is right) ridership was about 200,000 a day according to the below article:
http://gulftoday.ae/portal/33b77ec7-...6ac449391.aspx
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Old September 21st, 2012, 01:47 PM   #789
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They say 300,000 people use it everyday now:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/du...hree-1.1071604

"On average, more than 300,000 passengers ride Dubai Metro every day, along both the Red and the Green lines.

Explaining how the metro has helped popularise use of public transportation, Abdullah added that Dubai Metro’s punctuality rate is above 99 per cent, which ranks it among the best in the world."
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Old November 13th, 2012, 10:47 PM   #790
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I think there should be a separate thread of Dubai Metro
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Old January 30th, 2013, 12:42 AM   #791
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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #792
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I think there should be a separate thread of Dubai Metro
What for? There are threads like Japan (!!!) Urban transport, which covers everything in Japan. Shanghai metro deserves a separate thread as well but it hasn't got that.
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Is there a thread about the Jumeriah Monorail?

It would be nice if they would open the station at the Residences/Fairmont (The old Trump site)
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Old October 21st, 2013, 07:33 AM   #795
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Is there a thread about the Jumeriah Monorail?

It would be nice if they would open the station at the Residences/Fairmont (The old Trump site)
I think this tread can successfully cover monorail issues.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 08:23 PM   #796
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First Al Sufouh tram delivered to Dubai
18 Dec 2013



UAE: The first Alstom Citadis 402 tram for the Al Sufouh tramway has arrived in Dubai after leaving France on November 21. The seven-section vehicle is the first of 11 ordered for the project’s initial phase.

Alstom had been test running the tram on a 700 m test track at its La Rochelle factory, and Dubai Roads & Transport Authority is due to begin test running in and near the depot at the end of December. The opening date has been set for November 11 2014.

The 44 m long tram has a capacity of 408 passengers in Gold, Silver and Women & Children classes. According to Alstom, the styling ‘evokes the sand dunes of the Emirate’. The route will be the first tramway to be powered entirely using Alstom’s ground-level APS and will be tropicalised to withstand high temperature and sand, with trams and stops to be air-conditioned.

The 14·6 km line will run at grade along Al Sufouh Road, rising to an elevated section across parts of Dubai Marina. Interchange will be provided with the metro via a footbridge at Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers, and with the Palm Jumeirah monorail. The first phase comprises 10·6 km and 11 stops, with six more stops and 14 more trams to come in Phase II. Ridership is expected to be 27 000 passengers per day when the line opens, rising to 66 000 passengers per day by 2020.

As well as rolling stock, Alstom is responsible for tracklaying, installation of its Urbalis communications-based train control signalling, communications systems, a control centre, platform screen doors and a ticketing system. Under a separate contract, Alstom will maintain the tramway for 13 years. The route will be operated by Serco under a 75-month contract signed in September 2013.
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It's out-of-date, but very interesting:

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Dubai Metro in 2014: New stations, early Friday start, no more music

Dec 29 2013
By Majorie van Leijen

The Metro saw huge improvements in 2013, and more are slated for 2014
This year in September, Dubai Metro entered its fifth year of operation. Circa 2013, it serves two lines, 46 stations and has served more than 300 million passengers since its inception.


On November 28, the day after Dubai won the right to host World Expo 2020, Dubai Metro served its second largest number of passengers ever; on this day, 530,395 commuters travelled by the Metro. With a difference of little more than 50,000, this was close to the record-breaking New Year's Eve of 2012.

This New Year's Eve, in a couple of days, is expected to be even bigger. And proudly steaming forward to 2014, a lot more significant changes are expected to be unveiled.

Emirates 24|7 sat down with Mohammed Al Mudharreb, Director of Rail Operations at the Road and Transport Authority (RTA), to look back at 2013, while getting a sneak preview of the year to come.

Dubai Metro in 2013

This year was definitely a year full of exciting news for Dubai Metro commuters. On the Red Line, Energy Metro Station became operational in September, which means that now all 29 metro stations on the Red Line are fully operational.

The Metro station, located between Danube and Ibn Battuta stations, serves the working and residential population of Jebel Ali Industrial area. "This station facilitates customers to transfer between bus and metro. About 30 per cent of Metro passengers at the Energy Station are transferred from bus", said Al Mudharreb.

When it opened in September, it was expected to increase total ridership as well as serve existing commuters. Asked about the success of this station, Al Mudharreb said that about 4 per cent of passengers at the Energy Station were new Metro users.

The total number of passengers on both the Red Line and the Green Line increased by 26 per cent, based on statistics available in November this year. This is exceptional growth, indicating that Dubai Metro has become an integral part of the daily lives of Dubai residents, said Al Mudharreb.

"Dubai Metro has shown that it can consistently provide passengers with a reliable, efficient, customer friendly and on time service which is affordable and comfortable. Such consistency in the service level has contributed to its growth."

In terms of customer friendliness, the extension of the women and children carriage was probably one of the more welcomed moves. In September this year, space exclusive for women and children in the metro was extended from one carriage to one-and-a-half during peak hours.

Between 7-9am and 5-8pm from Sunday to Thursday, an extra space good for 622 persons is reserved for women and children only.
"This move has been well received so far and it will continue to exist in 2014. However, periodic assessment will be made to look at the demand," commented AL Mudharreb.

Train frequency was improved a couple of times, responding to the increased number of passengers and metro signage was expanded, most notably with directive arrows where to get in and where to get off the metro in an attempt to streamline entrance behaviour. Similarly, stickers urging passengers to let people get off before entering were strategically pasted onto every metro door.

Technology-wise, Dubai Metro contributed its fair share to the imperative of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to turn Dubai into a smart city. Although yet restricted to the silver card, the Nol card is now available as a smart mobile payment method, for every smartphone with NFC technology.

"NFC service for public transport was launched in September 2013. NFC-certified smartphones can be used in Metro and buses, and customers can use the NFC smartphone to check their ePurse balance, see the latest trips and top up," said Al Mudharreb.

Some other highlights: the most crowded day (for 2013) on the Metro was November 28, the day after Dubai won the vote to host Expo 2020. On this day 530,395 commuters travelled by the Metro.

What's expected in 2014?

"We absolutely expect similar growth in 2014," said Al Mudharreb. "Apart from the high service level that Dubai Metro provides consistently to our passengers, Dubai winning the bid to hold World Expo 2020 will also contribute to this growth."

Chairman of the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) Mattar al Tayer earlier pointed out that the Red Line of Dubai Metro would be extended to reach the exhibition site of the Expo, where a new metro station will be built to serve the visitors of the Expo.

In addition, several alternative solutions have been examined. Among the possibilities is the extension of the Red line to serve both the development projects adjacent to the Expo as well as the Expo site in one route, he elaborated.

However, no timeframe of such projects has been announced, and it is unlikely that all of it will be realised in 2014. What we do know is that 2014 will see two new metro stations on the Green Line.

"Two more stations on the Green Line will be opened," said Al Mudharreb. Although no names were mentioned, there are currently two metro stations on the Green Line that are not yet operational: Jaddaf and Creek.

It has long been announced that the Green Line of Dubai Metro would eventually be extended from Jadaf to Academic City, a move which would be welcomed by residents in these areas.

Another topic of much anticipation is the metro time schedule on Friday. Other than on regular weekdays, the first train on Friday departs at 1pm, much to the despair of early birds who would like to make a commute on their day off.

The good news is that the RTA has considered changing the Friday time schedule for Dubai Metro , said Al Mudharreb. "Studies are currently being done to look at passenger demand and the impact on the maintenance regime of the railway system."

Music on the metro, another point of frustration expressed by metro users, will not come back in 2014. "We have received feedback from many of our regular passengers requesting for the music to be stopped. There is no plan to reinstate the playing of background music in the metro in 2014," said Al Mudharreb.

New Year's Eve

Although preparations for the year to come are in full swing, currently all eyes are on New Year's Eve, when thousands of people use Dubai metro to reach their destination.

Last year, Dubai Metro recorded 587,542 passengers on New Year's Eve, facilitated by the fact that Metro users did not have to swipe their Nol card as they were checking in for the metro.

Special software installed for the metro fare system to enabled smooth travel during New Year's Eve, allowing passengers to check in without tapping their cards or tickets at selected stations. Tapping of their cards or tickets was done only when they checked out at the exit stations," explained Al Mudharreb.

The RTA is expected to announce its plans for this year-end public transportation plan beginning this week. Watch this space for more information.
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urbanrail.net added tram map for Dubai:





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Coming soon: Giant touch screens on Dubai Metro stations 50 screens will be installed in 20 metro stations



By Majorie van Leijen
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Giant touch screens providing metro information will soon be revealed on the most important metro stations on the Red and Green Line of Dubai Metro.

The new technology is currently presented at the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) stand in Dubai Mall, which has been set up on the occasion of Customer Week.

Within the next couple of weeks 50 screens will be provided on 20 stations, and more may be added if the initiative proves successful.

The idea is much like the touch screens functioning as information points in Dubai Mall, this time providing detailed information about the public transportation system of Dubai.

For example, a passenger can ask for detailed information about the route he would like to take, explains a customer representative at the stand.

With a simple touch he selects the station of departure and of desired destination. The travel time and ticket fee depending on the Nol card selection are now presented on the screen.

The tap options are displayed on a Google map application, which allows the traveler to further plan out his route. Bus routes, connections, landmarks and directions can guide the commuter to the exact location.

Further information about the metro is available, such as metro times, Nol card fees, and a detailed map of the metro station, including the location of the bathroom, telephone and ticket office.

Another option in the menu is dedicated to pictures of Dubai metro.

The application is currently bi-lingual, with the information available in English and Arabic. In the future, two other languages will be added, namely Chinese and Russian, due to the high number of tourists speaking these languages, explained the representative.

Dubai metro currently counts 49 metro stations. This year two more stations are expected to be opened on the Green Line, which will indicate the operation of all metro stations that are currently available.

In the near future, both lines are likely to be extended. While the Green Line is expected to be extended from Al Jadaf to Academic City, plans have been discussed to draw another extension on the Red Line from Rashidiya to Mirdif.

Furthermore, the RTA is currently reviewing the options to best serve the future Expo site, with a possible new station at the location and/or a line extending to several key locations in the vicinity.
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