Public Transport Day – 1st November

In a repeat of last year, the RTA are again holding a day of free public transport for users of the Dubai Metro, RTA buses and all other forms of public transport. In what now looks like an annual event to celebrate the launch of the RTA (6 years ago), anyone can travel on public transport for free on 1st November as long as they have a Nol card.

The initiative last year saw large increases in the number of people using the Dubai Metro and it is expected that the same will happen this year. In fact with the opening of the Green line last month, it is likely that the number of travellers on the Dubai Metro will be the highest number to date.

So, if you haven’t yet tried the Dubai Metro or even any other of the country’s public transport systems, and want to get a feel of what it might be like to use it to commute to work or just to go to a few of the malls, then 1st November is the perfect day to take it for a ride and leave those car fumes behind!

The RTA are making this an annual event and hoping to get even more people to use public transport which in any case is very cheap compared to many other countries. Even though the roads are much quieter than they have been in preceding years, the idea is to get as many people using public transport as possible in the coming years.

New Stations on the Red Line?

Ever since the red line of the Dubai Metro was launched on 9 September 2009, there has been what looks like to me, a glaring intention to create more stations along the red line route. Although nothing has been said about this by the RTA as far as I am aware, you only need to look at the current Metro red line route maps to see what I am talking about.

With station numbers 27, 28 and 30 missing - are the RTA planning new red line stations?

There are big spaces between Business Bay station and Noor Islamic Bank station, as well as a gap between Noor Islamic and First Gulf Bank Stations. Looking at the map, we can see that each station has been given a number, but these numbers are not continuous. With Business Bay station being number 26 and Noor Islamic bank Metro station being number 29, that leaves stations number 27 and 28 nowhere to be found. Also there is space for a Dubai Metro station number 30 to be built.

Maybe these extra stations are part of the long term plan and the gaps in the numbering are yet to be decided on but the RTA knew that there was the possibility of adding more stations on the red line route.  In any case, it will be interesting to see if more stations appear in future plans.