Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has kicked off a campaign to change the addressing systems of platforms at metro stations. In a new development, the platforms will no longer be assigned names and will be replaced by “unique numbers”. The decision was made to keep pace with the latest international practices of the industry, revealed RTA, which is also working on updating the Wayfinding Signages and Audio announcements of the metro stations. The campaign was launched in November and will continue up to mid of February 2021, reported Khaleej Times.
“Changing the addressing system of the metro platforms involves designating them with numbers instead of end destination station names. The move is intended to keep pace with the latest international practices of the industry,” said Hasan Al Mutawa, director of rail operations, Rail Agency, RTA. “Updation of wayfinding signages and audio announcements is progressing according to the plan developed following recent changes in the names of five metro stations. It is imperative to provide accurate information about the stations and their platforms to ease the mobility of riders,” he added.
“RTA was working to rename the signage from November 25 after five metro station names were changed. The project will continue up to the first week of February 2021. The renaming of stations is part of the restructuring of the metro naming rights strategy,” noted Al Mutawa. The RTA campaign covers outdoor directional signs, smart and electronic public transport systems, and the audio ads onboard the metro carriages. Metro riders are requested to note changes in station names in the said media. RTA has renamed the five metro stations listed below:
Al Fahidi Station has been changed to Sharaf DG
First Abu Dhabi Bank has been changed to Umm Al Sheef
Noor Bank has been changed to Al Safa
Damac has been changed to Dubai Marina
Nakheel has been changed to Al Khail