Ample Parking to Ensure a Smooth Switch

DUBAI - Three major parking lots will be available for Dubai Metro passengers, said a Roads Transport Authority (RTA) official. The first parking lot will be at the Etisalat station near Dubai International Airport with 3,000 spaces, said Peyman Younes Parham, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications Department, RTA.

By Ibrahim Haj Hamad

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Published: Tue 25 Aug 2009, 12:38 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:23 AM

The second at Rashidiya station will have 2,700 spaces and the third at Jumeirah Lakes Towers will also feature 3,000 parking spaces.

The parking lot at the Rashidiya metro station nears completion – KT photos by Shakil Qaiser and Shihab Feeder buses will be available to transport passengers from specific locations to the nearest metro station.

RTA is promoting this integrated transport network using the theme, Power Connecting Dubai, said Parham.

“This will be an integrated transportation network system combining taxis, buses, metro and in the future, water transport,” he said.

The Dubai Metro will feature two integrated routes — the Green Line and the Red Line.

The Green Line starts at the Etisalat station and ends at the Creek station, and is expected to start by March 2010.

The parking lot near the Jumeriah LakeTowers under construction—KT photos by Shakil Qaiser and ShihabThe Red Line, running from Rashidiya all the way to Jebel Ali will kick off on September 9, said Parham.

With the launch of Dubai Metro next month, residents are looking forward to less traffic on the emirate’s roads.

“It’s a good idea because it will reduce a lot of traffic. I think it will also be faster to commute in the future because even though the traffic is not as bad in Dubai now it will eventually pick up again — it might even get worse,” said Mohammed El Eyoni, a manager.

Hadeel Abd El Hadi, an interior designer, suggested that 3,000 parking spots were not adequate forDubai passengers. “I believe there’s going to be a bigger rush once the metro starts running. Besides, one of the major parking lots opens only next year which leaves us with only two main parking lots for now,” said Abd El Hadi.

Ahmed Reda, an accountant, said he expected to swap his car for the metro regularly when the service started.

“I like the idea of the metro and I can’t wait for it to start since that would save me money on petrol and maintenance,” Reda said. “It would be nice if the station with major parking lots also had cafes and retail outlets.”

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