New 30-kilometer Blue Line for Dubai Metro
According to a recent tender published by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) for the design and construction of the new line in the city, a new 30-kilometer track known as the Blue Line will be added to Dubai Metro.
The Blue Line will connect the current Red and Green Metro lines, with the goal of "meeting the rapid economic and urban growth of Dubai." It will be thirty kilometers long overall, with fifteen kilometers below ground and fifteen kilometers above it.
There will be 14 stations on the Blue Line: two elevated transfer stations connected to the current Centrepoint station, the eastern terminus of the Red Line in Rashidiya, and Creek station, the southern terminus of the Green Line in Al Jaddaf. Seven elevated stations, including one iconic station, and five underground stations, including one interchange station.
More trains without drivers
The project's route, cost, and duration are all unknown, but the tender from possible contractors and suppliers also calls for the construction of a new depot that can hold up to 60 trains, the building of all related roads, facilities, and utility diversion works, in addition to the supply of 28 new driverless trains.
The successful contractor, joint venture, or consortium for Blue Line will specifically work on the following projects:
- Civil works, which include the meticulous planning, designing, and building of structural and architectural elements (such as viaducts, tunnels, stations, etc.).
- Planning and carrying out electromechanical tasks.
- Rail, station, and facility operation and control system design, procurement, and delivery.
- Rolling stock (a general phrase used in the railroad business to refer to anything on rail wheels): design, manufacture, and supply
core of the public transportation network
At 89.3 km, Dubai Metro is recognized as the longest driverless metro network in the world. It debuted on September 9, 2009. With almost 2 billion passengers handled by it over the previous 14 years, it serves as the foundation of the city's public transportation network.
Dubai Metro has exceeded international safety requirements with its remarkable operational efficiency and has maintained a 99.7% punctuality rate with a fleet of 129 trains. It serves as the centerpiece of Dubai's ambitious aim to increase the percentage of autonomous public transportation to up to 30% by 2030.
The Red and Green Lines now have 53 stops. Route 2020, the most recent extension project, connects Dubai Expo City and Jebel Ali Station on the Red Line. On January 1, 2021, Route 2020 commenced its operations.
addressing the fast urbanization
The Blue Line metro expansion is a component of the March 2021-launched Dubai 2040 Urban Plan, which was created with the goal of increasing Dubai's population from 3.3 million in 2020 to 5.8 million by 2040. There will be a 7.8 million people living in the city during the day in 2040, up from 4.5 million in 2020, which calls for a "comprehensive plan for a sustainable urban development."
Mobility is a key component of the Dubai 2040 Urban Plan. According to the proposal, 55% of the population will live within 800 meters of a mass transit station, allowing them to get 80% of their daily needs—including transportation—within a 20-minute commute on foot or by bicycle.
The goal of the Blue Line project is to expand the Metro rail network "to meet the rapid economic and urban growth in Dubai" by increasing the density of people living near mass transit stations. According to the RTA's tender, "this project fosters linkages between main hubs of economic and social activities and facilitates mobility to Dubai's main urban centers."
Businesses interested in participating in the Blue Line project must send in their comprehensive ideas by November 24 at the latest.
A Solution For Rapid Growth
The Blue Line is a calculated decision meant to keep up with Dubai's rapid urbanization and economic expansion rather than merely being another addition. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a tender for the design and construction of this major project in response to the city's explosive growth. The Blue Line is planned to be 30 kilometers long, with 15.5 kilometers below ground and 14.5 kilometers above, providing extensive connection.
Linking Dubai Effortlessly
The 14 stations that make up the Blue Line's core are arranged thoughtfully to maximize travel convenience. One of these stations, the famous standout, will be elevated along with the other seven. Two elevated transfer stations will seamlessly connect with the current Centrepoint and Creek stations, while five underground stations—including an interchange station—will be built. The visitors and residents of Dubai will be able to move around more effectively thanks to these well-planned links.
In the Path of a Visionary Future
Thanks to the exceptional contribution of Dubai Metro, the city-state's ambitious aim to increase the percentage of driverless public transportation to thirty percent by 2030 is well on its way to realization. With 53 stations in the Red and Green Lines as of right now, Route 2020 is the newest addition to the system and has been in service since January 1, 2021.
A Segment of the Dubai 2040 Urban Plan Is The Blue Line
The March 2021 announcement of the Dubai 2040 Urban Plan includes the Blue Line expansion as a fundamental component. With a population expected to increase from 3.3 million in 2020 to 5.8 million by 2040, this project is an essential part of a larger plan for sustainable urban development. With 7.8 million people expected to live in Dubai during the day by 2040, the Blue Line will be essential to the development of the city's transportation system.
In the city's quest for an effective, sustainable, and interconnected urban environment, the new Dubai Metro Blue Line marks a major advancement. The Blue Line will guarantee that visitors and locals in Dubai can move about the city easily as it grows, embracing the mobility of the future.