Dubai Metro announces New 14-Station Blue Line Extension
Dubai is set to enhance its rapidly growing transport network with the addition of a new 30-kilometer track to the Dubai Metro, known as the Blue Line.
Dubai Metro Expands with New Blue Line Connecting Red and Green Lines
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently issued a tender for the design and construction of this new line, aimed at meeting the demands of the city's thriving economy and urban development.
By connecting the current Red and Green Metro lines, the Blue Line will play a pivotal role in greatly improving the city's public transit system. About 15.5 kilometers of the new line will be laid underground, while the remaining 14.5 kilometers will be laid above ground for a total distance of 30 kilometers.
14 stations to serve the city
The Blue Line's 14 stations will be conveniently located throughout Dubai's expanding population center. There will be seven above-ground stops, one of which will be an icon, and five underground stops, one of which will be an interchange.
Additionally, two elevated transfer stations will connect to the existing Centrepoint station, the eastern terminus of the Red Line in Rashidiya, and Creek station, the southern terminus of the Green Line in Al Jaddaf.
An Expanded Fleet of Driverless Trains
In addition to the new track, the project includes plans to supply 28 additional driverless trains, expanding the Dubai Metro's already extensive fleet. A new depot will also be constructed to accommodate up to 60 trains, ensuring efficient operations. This comprehensive project involves not only the railway infrastructure but also the construction of related facilities, roads, and utility diversion works.
Key Responsibilities of the Winning Contractor
The winning contractor, joint venture, or consortium for the Blue Line project will be tasked with several critical responsibilities, including:
- Civil works, encompassing the detailed design and construction of various architectural and structural components.
- Execution of electromechanical works
- The design, procurement, and delivery of operation and control systems for rail, stations, and facilities
- The design, manufacturing, and supply of rolling stock (a generic term used in the railroad industry for anything on rail wheels)
Dubai Metro is considered the backbone of the city's transportation
The Dubai Metro, which opened on September 9, 2009, is now the longest driverless metro network in the world, stretching a total of 89.3 kilometers. For the past 14 years, it has been the backbone of the city's public transit system, carrying more than 2 billion passengers.
Maintaining an exceptional punctuality rate of 99.7 percent and surpassing international safety standards, Dubai Metro has set a remarkable standard for operational efficiency. As part of Dubai's visionary plan to increase the share of driverless public transport to as much as 30 percent by 2030, this expansion plays a crucial role.
The inclusion of the Blue Line is consistent with Dubai's visionary Urban Plan 2040, which already includes 53 stations spread between the Red and Green Lines and the Route 2020 expansion project. With an expected population of 5.8 million by 2040, the city will need a comprehensive strategy for sustainable urban development to keep up with the influx of new residents and businesses.