For the 3rd consecutive year, the RTA has announced that there will be a day of free public transport on the occasion of the anniversary of their organisation tomorrow. This has also happened on the last two years on 1st November. The free public transport day has become particularly important to try and get more people to use the Dubai Metro. Although the Metro has been successful in getting a lot of cars off the roads of Dubai, there is still plenty of scope to convert road users to the Dubai Metro for the daily commute.
One addition this year to the Free Public Transport Day is that the RTA will be offering up prizes to people who use the Dubai Metro on 1st November, to encourage even more people onto the trains. The prices include Nol cards, bicycles and even iPads which can be won through various competitions including submitting photos to the RTA’s facebook page.
The free public transport will include the public buses and the water buses as well as the Dubai Metro but there is no indication right now that it will include the Palm Monorail or the Dubai Ferry which are more geared towards tourist trips rather than commuting.
The RTA has announced plans to extend the opening hours of the Dubai Metro during Eid 2012 to allow for the extra passenger numbers that are expected over the period. This is also due to the extra activities that have been laid on during the holiday period and the fact that the shopping malls are all going to be extra busy.
The Metro will be open on Thursdays from 5.30am until 4am on 25th October and 1 November, and from 10am until 4am on Fridays. Also on 27th and 28th October the Metro will run from 5.30am until 4am the next day.
In addition there will be a bus service added to take passengers from Emirates Station to Festival City to take advantage of events happening there.
The new Dubai metro express services start this week – the services stop only at the most popular stops so that they reduce the journey time by about 10 minutes from end to end.
There are only two services to start with and these are being used on a trial basis to see how well used they are. The two trains start at both ends of the red line only at 5.30am and 5.40am and will run initially for 5 months.
You can see which stations the trains stop at on a previous post here.