Jebel Ali stations to open in early 2011

The last three Red Line metro stations are scheduled to begin operations early next year, a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official has said.

By Shafaat Ahmed (KT Archive : 29 October 2010)

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Published: Fri 19 Nov 2010, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:04 PM

Thousands of blue as well as white collar workers are keenly awaiting the opening of the three stations — Energy, Jebel Ali Industrial and Jebel Ali — all located around the massive industrial enclave of Jebel Ali. These people either work or live in the vicinity.

The RTA’s Rail Agency is currently busy conducting surveys and studies to find out the number of potential customers of metro from the area. “We are approaching all the big companies as well as the common people from Jebel Ali to know the real demand for metro and based on that we are making our preparations. The stations are ready, but we need to make other arrangements and we are working closely with other agencies to put things in place,” said Ramadan Abdullah, Director of Operations at the RTA’s Rail Agency.

He added that if the survey shows right numbers and if a big number of companies are willing to partner with the RTA, then hopefully the stations would open by early next year.

Khaleej Times recently published a report depicting the plight of the commuters, who are currently going through hardships commuting daily around 50 kilometres using various ‘inconvenient’ means. Urging the RTA to open the stations at the earliest, the workers said that the agency should improve the popularity of the public transport by opening these stations.

Contrary to the belief that there isn’t enough development or potential customers in the area, long-time residents and workers of Jebel Ali say that there are thousands of people waiting for the opening of metro stations in Jebel Ali. They said that the RTA would be overwhelmed by massive response of the commuters once the stations are open.

The Red Line currently has 26 of the 29 stations operating, as the last five opened on October 15.

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