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RTA to float Red Line metro extension tender by April

The project has to finish in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 event, according to the acting RTA CEO.

04 February 2014
The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) will float the design tender for the Red Line extension connecting to the Dubai Expo 2020 site within the next two months, according to the acting CEO.

"We have not yet got the consultant on board for the design. We will float the tender for the consultant in the coming two months. It will be open to local and international companies and consortiums. We have to finish the project by the end of 2019 and before the 2020 event," Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, the Acting CEO of Rail Agency, Roads and Transport Authority, told Zawya in an exclusive.

The proposed 438-hectare Expo 2020 site, Dubai Trade Centre at Jebel Ali, was selected due to its strategic location; equidistant between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and adjacent to the Dubai World Central airport and Jebel Ali Port, providing easy accessibility for the expected millions of international and local visitors.

The site master plan, which was designed by HOK, Populous and Arup, includes a photovoltaic fabric structure shading the main walkways of the project, which will capture solar energy to generate clean power, plus contribute nearly 50 percent of the power requirements that are needed for the event.

"We will start construction on the extension of the Red Line to the Expo 2020 site within one and half years," he added, speaking on the sidelines of the Middle East Rail conference.

The project is part of the approved Rail Masterplan 2020, which also includes the extension of the Red Line from Rashidiya to connect it to Mirdif and the extension of the Green Line to International City, Silicon Oasis and Academic City areas.

"Right now we are concentrating on the extensions to the two current lines and the Al Sufouh Tram project," he said.

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On 5 September, a Gulf News report said that the extensions are being planned to meet the growing demand and popularity of the metro system as well as the continuous expansion of residential and industrial clusters across the length and breadth of Dubai.

The plan also keeps in mind the growing population of the emirate, which is estimated to cross the three million mark by 2020.

"We also have the Rail Masterplan 2030, which includes a rail network extension by up to 460 kilometers from the current 75 kilometers of metro lines." added Al Ali. "The Purple, Gold and Blue Line are part of this phase." He was not willing to elaborate further on the project details of the three additional lines.

© Zawya 2014

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