Dubai’s Route 2020 expansion of the city’s metro system is set to start operating on May 20, 2020, five months prior to the Dubai Expo mega event, it was announced this week.
In a tweet, Dubai Media Office said the Route 2020 project covers the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line by 15km from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020 in Jebel Ali.
It added that Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, laid a foundation stone as the project construction continues.
Route 2020 is expected to serve about 125,000 riders per day and the number is set grow to as many as 275,000 riders by 2030, it added.
The trial run on the 15km route is expected to begin by the end of 2019.
The Route 2020 expansion will begin from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station on the Dubai Metro’s Red Line and extend 15km with seven new stations – five elevated and two underground.
Earlier this year, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the award of a Dhs 10.6 billion ($2.89 billion) contract to Expolink Consortium, led by French firm Alstom, Acciona from Spain and Turkish firm Gulermak to build the extension.
The new stations will serve residential areas such as Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate and the Dubai Investment Park.
Passengers should be able to travel from Dubai Marina to the Expo2020 site in 16 minutes, officials have said.