The Dubai Metro of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) became fully operational on Saturday when the Al Jadaf and Creek stations at the end of the Green Line opened for service to the public.
The new Al Jadaf Metro Station. — Supplied photo
The two newly opened stations are expected to serve 2,100 passengers in Al Jadaf Station and 1,400 in Creek Stations. The RTA predicted that these figures will double with the opening of property development projects around and near these stations.
The opening of Al Jadaf and Creek stations have been welcomed by commuters, particularly residents of Al Qusais area who work in the Dubai Festival City.
Filipino expatriate, Leala Rosendo, who lives in Al Qusais, said that going to her workplace in Festival City, will definitely be easier and faster with the opening of the two stations. “At least, I can now stop taking a car lift. Going to my workplace will now become cheaper and faster. I do not have to wake up so early. I thank RTA for this,” she said with excitement.
An Indian businessman, Sanjo Patel, said that travelling is much easier now from Etisalat to any point of the Green Line, as passengers do not need to go to the Red Line and take buses to reach these areas. “It is also favourable to buy properties along the Green Line in these areas as the residents will have no problem in commuting to work and to the business hub of the city, which earlier could not be reached by the Dubai Metro.”
Al Jadaf and Creek stations are elevated metro stations where the concourse and platform are on the upper level of the elevated metro track. Each station extends 132 meters in length and 29 metres in width, and has a capacity to handle 11,000 passengers an hour per direction. Both have escalators and lifts.
Earlier, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said both stations will serve DFC through a marine transit service linking the Creek station, and that Al Wasl Club will also be linked with Al Jadaf through a bus route to be operated when matches are held.
He said the share of public transport in transit options went up to 13 per cent last year, but RTA would target a rise to 20 per cent by 2020.