Credit By: Arabian Business
The famous and vast metro system in Dubai will expand with the opening of the Blue Line, a new 30-kilometre route. Recently, a tender was released by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for the design and construction of this exciting development. The Blue Line is intended to accommodate Dubai’s swift urbanization and economic expansion by acting as a crucial link between the Red and Green Metro lines currently in place. This massive project includes 30 km of rail, of which 14.5 are above ground and 15.5 are underneath.
Linking the City through Fourteen Stations
With 14 stations, the Blue Line will improve connectivity throughout the city. This new route will have two elevated transfer stations, five underground stations, one of which will serve as an interchange station, and seven elevated stations—one expected to become iconic. The Centrepoint station at the Red Line’s eastern terminus in Rashi Diya and the Creek station at the Green Line’s southern terminus in Al Jada will be connected to these transfer stations.
All-encompassing Project Scope
The current material does not specify the project’s exact route, cost, or schedule, but the tender calls for possible suppliers and contractors to supply 28 new driverless trains. In addition, the project calls for building a new depot with space for up to 60 trains. It also includes building related infrastructure, roadways, and utility diversion projects.
A wide range of responsibilities, including civil works, detailed design, the building of architectural and structural components, electromechanical works, operation and control systems for rail, stations, and facilities, and the design, manufacture, and supply of rolling stock, will fall to the chosen contractor, joint venture or consortium for the Blue Line project.
Dubai Metro’s Magnificent Heritage
With a total length of 89.3 kilometers since its launch on September 9, 2009, Dubai Metro has established itself as the most extended autonomous metro system in the world. Over the previous 14 years, it has permitted the travel of over 2 billion commuters, acting as the backbone of Dubai’s public transit system. Dubai Metro is a prime example of operating efficiency and safety, exceeding international safety standards while maintaining a fantastic timeliness rate of 99.7 percent. It is consistent with Dubai’s ambitious ambition to raise the percentage of autonomous public transit to 30% by 2030.
There are now 53 stations on the Red and Green Lines of Dubai Metro. The most recent expansion project is called Route 2020, and it runs from Dubai Expo City to Jebel Ali Station on the Red Line. It started operating on January 1, 2021.
Dubai 2040 Urban Plan: Investing in Rapid Urban Growth
The March 2021 unveiling of the Dubai 2040 Urban Plan coincides with the Blue Line extension. According to this plan, Dubai’s population is expected to rise significantly from 3.3 million in 2020 to 5.8 million by 2040. The program places a strong emphasis on the necessity of more mobility and sustainable urban development to account for this.
Mobility is a critical element of the Dubai 2040 Urban Plan. It aims to put 55% of people within 800 meters of mass transit stations so that 80 percent of their daily needs may be addressed in 20 minutes or less. By growing the Metro rail network, fostering social and economic ties, and boosting population density around mass transportation hubs, the Blue Line project will support this endeavor.
Requests for Proposals and Dubai Metro’s Future
By November 24, businesses that are interested in taking part in the Blue Line project must submit comprehensive bids, opening the door for Dubai’s top-notch Metro system to continue developing. Dubai’s continued dedication to sustainable urban growth and effective public transit is demonstrated by this expansion project, which further solidifies Dubai’s standing as a global leader in transportation infrastructure.
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