From September 1, the Roads and Transport Authority’s Rail Agency will extend the Metro cabin capacity for women and child passengers to meet the growing demand during peak hours.

Peak hours are from 7am to 9am and from 5pm to 8pm during which one cabin will be allocated entirely for women and children from Sundays to Thursdays.

Currently, only half of the cabin is dedicated as special Dubai Metro compartment for women and children to provide, in addition to privacy, more space to allow strollers and bags.

Ramadan Abdullah Mohammed, Director of Rail Operations, said that every Metro train has five cabins, of which half a cabin has been allocated to women and children and the other half for Gold card-holders, and the rest for all other passengers.

“With the extension of the Metro cabin capacity for women and children, only three-and-a-half cabins will be for other passengers during peak hours starting September 1.

“The number of women and children Metro passengers have noticeably increased primarily due to the growth in the public transport culture among the public from different social cross-sections, including women and children. Such a rise in the number of these commuters has prompted us to extend the current capacity of their Metro cabin to reach half of silver cabin.” He said that this Metro cabin capacity is being extended to make the Metro trip smoother and more comfortable for women and children, especially that this segment of Metro passengers needs to be given privacy.

The Rail Operation director appealed to all male Metro commuters to respect this new cabin allocation during the peak hours and help women and child travellers enjoy riding in the Metro with more privacy.

Dubai Metro, which was launched on 09-09-2009, is servicing 400,000 riders a day, with 46 trains on the Red Line and 10 trains on the Green Line during peak hours. Dubai’s is the world’s longest driverless Metro at 75km.

source:  Khaleejtimes