Public Transport Day 2015

Dubai Public Transport Day is holding its’ 6th annual event on 1st November this year with lots of prizes to be won by frequent travellers on Dubai’s public transit system.

However, this yea will be slightly different as there will not be any free rides allowed on Dubai Public transport on Public Transport Day 2015. It is not clear exactly why this is but with the opening of the Tram and many other transport services being expanded it may have become more complex to decide which services should be free and how to charge for others if they are not.

It is unclear whether free rides will come back again in future years or whether the new idea of lots of prizes for frequent travellers will be the way to go.

The RTA are also holding awareness sessions for issues to do with health and an open Gym at Burj Plaza from 3-6pm. In addition there will be multi discipline outdoor sports competitions held t the same location.

Red Line Extension Work to Start Next Year

The work on the extension to the Red Line of the Dubai Metro from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station to the Expo 2020 site will be started in 2016.

The exact date seems to be a source of debate right now with some sources stating a construction start date of April 2016 and others quoting the ‘second half’ of 2016 which would mean a start date of at least July 2016.

Tenders are due to be in for the construction phase by December 2015 and the winner of the construction project will be announced in January 2016.

Whenever the start date of construction, the red line extension, which consists of an additional 7 stations, will be complete by the beginning of 2020, in time for the start of the Expo.