Number of Dubai Metro users reaches one billion

Dubai Metro is the longest driverless metro line in the world
By Staff writer
Sun 10 Sep 2017 08:23 AM

Dubai Metro has carried over one billion passengers in the eight years since it was launched on September 9, 2009. 

A total 689 million passengers travelled on the Red Line, while 339 million used the Green Line. 

Dubai Metro, which extends 75 km, is the longest driverless metro line across the world, while Union Station is considered the world’s biggest underground metro station spanning an area of 25 thousand square metres, according to Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA).

“The RTA is moving ahead with its ambitious plan to revamp mass transit systems and raise the share of public transport in the people’s mobility to as much as 30% by 2030," said Al Tayer. \

"This rate reached 16% in 2016, and it will rise to 24% if we add taxis. Moreover, there is a remarkable evolution in the culture of the community and its perception of public transport means."

The Red Line is currently being extended by 15 kilometres to serve the Expo 2020 Dubai site from the Nakheel Harbour station. The extension will see seven new stations opened along the route. 

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