Dubai Metro cabin expansion on the right tracks?
RTA battles congestion by giving more space to women and children
August 27, 2013 12:36 by Muhammad Aldalou
The RTA has already made changes to accommodate the growing number of commuters – such as reducing the train frequency during peak hours to three minutes instead of the usual five – but something else may need to be done to substantially relieve congestion.
Women travelling on Dubai Metro will soon have extra space and additional seats during peak hours.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has found – after reviewing complaints and conducting surveys – the sections dedicated for women and children are often more congested than the rest of the train, and announced yesterday that it plans to expand the cabin during the busiest times of the day.
In total, each train has five cabins – with one cabin being divided between a women-only area and the gold class cabin. Starting September 1, between 7am to 9am and 5pm to 8pm, the women-only cabin will extend to reach half of one of the silver-class cabins.
In the statement announcing the expansion, the RTA says the number of women and children travelling on the Metro has noticeably increased, “thanks primarily to the growth in the public transportation culture among the public”.
Ramadan Abdullah, director of Metro operations at RTA’s Rail Agency, says: “We do regular studies and we have a system of receiving complaints and feedback. We received several requests from female commuters for expanding the women-only space on the Metro.” He urges all male commuters to respect the new cabin allocation.
If you ask Kipp, this move is long overdue, as we can’t help but notice that the women-only cabin is indeed regularly congested, but so too are all the other compartments.
In the long run, taking a chunk out of the silver-class cabin merely provides temporary relief but masks the overall problem, with the expansion ultimately resulting in less space for general commuters.