Roads and Transport Authority has announced the extension of the Dubai Metro lines and the development of more stations for facilitating customers.

The extensions are being planned to decrease the travel time of passengers from one destination to another. This includes the extension of the red line from serving 29 stations to 41, and the length of the station will be increased by 3.5 km from Rashidiya to Mirdiff and an additional 15 km from Jebel Ali to the Expo 2020 site near Al Maktoum International Airport.

The Green Line which currently operates with 20 stations will have an increase of 11 more stations. Also the Green line plan includes its extension by 20.6 km, of which 12km will be elevated and the remaining 8.6km will be underground.

Dubai Metro will have a total length of 110 km after its extension, as compared to the current 74.6 km. The Dubai Metro currently serves up to 500,000 passengers daily, and 13000 passengers per hour.

Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, Acting CEO of RTA’s Rail Agency, highlighted the positive effect the Metro has had on the customer experience. “Dubai Metro brought a revolution in the public transport sector not only in Dubai but across the GCC. In Dubai it has played an important role in changing the public perspective about public transport, which is reflected in the increase in the share of public transport from just 6 per cent in 2006 to 13 per cent in 2013.”

The plan for the extension of the Dubai Metro focuses on creating convenience for its customers, so it takes them less time to get to commercial locations and other sites from residential areas. It will also create a synergy in the overall layout of the Dubai Metro station, improving its service.