The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai announced yesterday that changes have been made to Dubai Metro. The Women and Children’s cabin in the driverless train has been moved to the back. Previously, this cabin was present next to the Gold Class cabin in the front of the train. In a tweet shared on Tuesday, 9th July, RTA explained the reason for this change: “To facilitate your mobility, the women and children's cabin has been relocated to the opposite end of the gold class cabin in the metro. #DubaiMetro sets your comfort as a priority.”
To facilitate your mobility, the women and children's cabin has been relocated to the opposite end of the gold class cabin in the metro. #DubaiMetro sets your comfort as a priority. pic.twitter.com/0kn0lqnuT2— RTA (@rta_dubai) July 9, 2019
The relocation took place at the beginning of July. Earlier, the RTA had said (on 25th June) that it would be relocating the cabin over a period of two months. The decision was taken given the popularity of these cabins, particularly during the summer holidays. The process of relocation will be completed by the end of August 2019.
Director Rail Operation at the RTA’s Rail Agency, Mohammad Yousef Al Mudharreb had earlier said, “In accordance with its vision of ‘Safe and Smooth Transport for All’, RTA looks out for the comfort of Dubai Metro riders, especially women and children. The Rail Agency has kicked off a field campaign to implement this process, which aims to make the Women and Children cabins in harmony with the new trains’ cabin designs.”
The rail agency is following a three-phase campaign to ensure a smooth relocation of cabins. The first phase was implemented for creating awareness among metro riders through directional signs and social media. The agency’s employees were present at the metro stations to guide passengers and answer their queries regarding the new changes. In the second phase, posters were placed on platform screen doors and floors to direct women and children to the new location. The third phase is underway and its focus will be on the completion of the relocation of the cabins in all the trains.