All Ticking Over Quietly on the Green Line

So I ventured out today to travel on the Dubai Metro green line – granted that I did not travel at the peak time so I did not see if there was a mass of passengers using the green line during normal commuting hours. However, if the statistics are to be believed then over 100,000 people used the green line in the first two days of opening, which is quite a staggering number. When I used the green line, which was at about 11am, there were just a few handfuls of people travelling, no massive crowds.

I parked at the Etisalat Metro Station car park and I would say, from the 2,500 car parking spaces that the metro station has, that only a fraction of those were being used – my estimate would be 10-20% maximum.  The car park has 3 floors and so plenty of space for commuters to park before travelling.

I suppose the thing with the green line is that it passes by huge residential areas – some of these areas of Dubai I had not really seen before and did not realise that there was such a large number of apartments. So this would mean that a lot of people would be within walking distance of the green line, or at least close to a bus route. This is itself should make the route popular with people who have to travel to work normally by car.

The good thing about the green line is that everything is up and running smoothly. All of the stations looked completely finished and there were only a few glitches and maintenance people that I could spot – some last minute finishing in the Etisalat car park and a couple of the escalators being mended or finished.

So the RTA have done a great job of finishing the green line and I expect it will get more and more popular with commuters as time goes on.

Dubai Metro Escalators
Last Minute Fixes - Escalators at Etisalat Metro Station

 

Green Line Open to Passengers September 10th

So although the inauguration of the green line by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum took place today, 9 September, the green line of the Dubai Metro will only actually be open to the general public tomorrow, 10th September. This is just what happened when the red line was opened in 2009 when only specially invited guests were allowed to travel on the newly opened line on the actual opening day.

However, Sunday will be the key day in the start of the green line as this is when it will be tested in anger by commuters who have eagerly awaited the opening to make travel to work much easier. The green line has 18 stations, of which 16 will be open on September 10th with Al Jadaf and Creek remaining closed for the time being until local demand gives rise to the stations opening.

The green line links in with the red line at Union and Khalid bin al Waleed stations and passengers will not need to check in or out with their nol cards when changing lines.