DUBAI 29 July 2017: From yesterday – and today [Friday and Saturday], the partial closure of Dubai Metro’s Red Line has started. It will continue every weekend until mid-October.
The partial closure to facilitate work on Route 2020 to Dubai World Expo.
Not to inconvenience commuters the RTA’s Public Transport Agency is launching a free circular bus route as an alternative service to cover the partial closure of Dubai Metro Red Line between Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) and Ibn Battuta Metro Stations.
The shuttle bus service will be in place throughout the metro closure period, which will be on weekends (Friday and Saturday) over 10 weeks (from July 28 to October 15, 2017).
“A free express bus service will be operated on a circular route to make for the metro closure between JLT and Ibn Battuta Stations from July 28 to Oct 15, 2017 (10 weeks) on weekends only (Friday and Saturday). The closure is required to proceed with construction works related to Route 2020 Project,” said Mohammed Abu Baker Al Hashmi, Director of Planning & Business Development, RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
“This service is offered to meet the needs of public transport riders in general and metro commuters in particular between the said two stations. RTA is always keen to fulfil the needs of public transport users in Dubai, and offer integrated excellent services to customers with the aim of making them happier,” continued Al Hashemi.
“The metro riders heading to the UAE Exchange Station are required to drop off at JLT Station, board alternative free buses deployed to continue their journey to Ibn Battuta Station, where they would drop off to retake the metro service and resume their metro ride to the UAE Exchange Station. Equally, metro commuters travelling in the direction of Al Rashidiya Station need to get off at Ibn Battuta Station, hop on free buses to JLT Station, hop off to continue their metro journey in the direction of Al Rashidiya Station,” he elaborated.
By Angel Chan