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 The RTA’s ‘Route 2020’ project will encompass the extension of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station to the site of Expo 2020, it was announced today.

The extended sector of the Metro line stretches 15km and includes seven stations.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), giving details of the project said: “Route 2020 starts off Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station and extends 15km (11km elevated and fourkm underground), and includes seven stations (five elevated and two underground stations).
 
“The project serves densely with average-to-high population density such as the Gardens, Discovery Gardens, Furjan, Jumeirah Golf Estate, and the Dubai Investment Park.

“These communities are inhabited by about 240,000 persons and the journey from the Dubai Marina to the site of Expo will take 16 minutes,” explained Al Tayer.

 “The RTA has examined different options of Route 2020 and assessed their effectiveness and impact on the neighbourhood based on a host of technical perimeters that include the enhancement of the development plans in Dubai,” he said.

“It also serves the largest possible number of residents as well as current & future projects, easing snarls on some congested road sectors, providing top class service to targeted communities, and integrating with public transit

RTA Chairman stated that the RTA would hold this month a workshop for consultants and contractors specialised in rail projects where it would exhibit various components of Route 2020 project.

As per the timeline set, the project is expected to be released for tendering next July.