Dubai awards metro expansion contracts
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced tenders for the construction of two extensions of the city metro network, totaling 24 km, serving 12 new stations. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to IRJ.
Responsibility for operation and maintenance of Dubai unmanned metro network as well as Dubai light rail system was transferred to Keolis-MHI1, a Keolis-led joint venture that also includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHI) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), in September 2021.
The Green Line extension will be 20.6 km long with 11 new stations running from the current terminus at Al Jadaf across the bay to the Dubai Harbor development and then to Academic City.
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The Red Line will be extended 3.5 kilometers east from its current northern terminus at Centerpoint to downtown Mirdif, where a major suburban shopping center is located. This extension will only have one new station.
The previous extension of the red line was launched in July 2020. It connected the Dubai International Airport with the Expo 2020 site. The investment amounted to 2.9 billion US dollars.
Dubai’s current population of 3.5 million is projected to reach 5.8 million by 2040. In May, the RTA said it was looking into expanding the metro network to help this growing population stay mobile.
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