Starting 1st October, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is poised to reduce the trip time of the Dubai Metro Red Line by offering two services on a trial basis for a period of 5 months in a bid to better serve the interest of the Metro users.
Two additional trains in each direction will service 13 Metro stations, skipping 14 stations in between.
This trip is expected to reduce the total time between Rashidiya and Jebel Ali Station by 10 minutes.
The trip currently takes 60-70 minutes.
One train will start at 05:30am in both directions, followed by another train at 05.40am.
Regular train services, stopping at all stations, will resume at 05:50am.
On the less frequently used stations there will also be a shorter boarding time come October.
Currently the average time to board is 30 seconds.
The first service is operating four express trains on the Red Line: two to start from Al Rashidiya, and the other two from Jebel Ali stations. Each train will stop only at the most frequently used stations such as, Al Rashidiya, Emirates, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid bin Al Waleed and many others. This service option is considered to reduce the trip time by 10 minutes as a maximum.
The second service is expected to slash the specified waiting time at less frequently used stations. This option is expected to save one minute and forty seconds of the overall trip time, from the first station to the terminal one on the Red Line.
If both services prove successful results, they will be applied on a permanent basis after the lapse of the specified commissioning period.