By Andy Sambidge
Transport chiefs say they are 'proud' to achieve numbers, admit technical fault with gates.
More than 38,000 passengers travelled on Dubai's new metro system on Sunday, transport chiefs have announced.
Statistics from the Roads and Transport Authority's Rail Agency revealed that a total of 38,841 passengers used the service on the fourth day since it launched.
Peyman Younes Parham, director of RTA's marketing and corporate communication said: "We are proud that this was achieved in one day only. It is evidence that the public transport is thriving through the latest and best mass transit of Dubai (My City My Metro) to implement RTA's vision of 'Safe and Smooth Transport for all'."
The figure was down on previous figures given for Thursday and Friday when 67,000 and 47,000 passengers respectively used the rail system.
Parham said the metro experienced a "technical default" that affected the gates "for a very short time" and was soon fixed.
It's great the Metro is up and running; and in reality, suffering minor technical teething problems for such a huge endeavour (with the exception of idiots who don't understand the function of emergency pull cords). However, it's probably a little too early to be saying "public transport is thriving" based on a few days operation. Let's wait until the Metro actually goes somewhere other than connecting shopping malls before we can measure its true impact on the city. I'm sure the RTA knows the numbers of cars going through SALIK gates on a daily basis - would be interesting to see if that number has decreased any.