In a step to protect the privacy of women and children onboard Dubai Metro, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has begun implementing a fine of Dh100 on every unauthorised male rider found in the newly expanded Women & Children-Only Compartment beginning March 1.
The step is part of RTA’s endeavours to maintain privacy and comfort of riders onboard this designated metro cabin, and respect the norms and traditions of the community, according to a top official.
Mohammed Al Mudharreb, Director, Rail Operation, RTA’s Rail Agency, said: “Expanding ‘Women and Children Cabin’ has prompted in reply to the rising numbers of riders of this compartment over the past years. This has warranted an expansion of this cabin permanently as of February 15. A campaign has, therefore, commenced to educate riders about this new feature, which was previously restricted to peak times only on a trial base.
The newly added space to women and children cabin has doubled the previous area designated for them comprising 15 seats and 70 standing riders.
“The Red and Green lines of the Dubai Metro are witnessing huge demand from various community segments as well as visitors who are keen to use it as a prime means of transport linking them with the main business, residential and entertainment areas. Thus it was imperative for us to look into possible ways and means of realizing the satisfaction of our customers, particularly women and children in order to offer them privacy during their daily mobility in the Emirate through expanding the area allocated to them,” he added.
“All directional signage at the Metro station have been replaced and all relevant information of the women and children cabin is being provided such that they could be readily distinguished. The move is part of efforts to realize the strategic goals of the RTA in delivering best-in-class services, comfort and happiness to community members,” said Mudharreb.