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59% Dubai residents still to ride metro - poll

YouGov survey also shows that only 3% have noticed significant fall in Dubai traffic.

Fifty-nine percent of Dubai residents polled in a YouGov lifestyle survey said they had yet to travel on the city's metro system.

The poll, which quizzed 1,500 UAE residents during October, also revealed that just three percent of Dubai residents used the rail link daily.

Seven percent of respondents living in the city said they used Dubai Metro, which opened on September 9, 2-3 times a week, another seven percent said they travelled on the system once a week while 25 percent used it "less often".

Asked whether they would use the transport link regularly once all the stations opened - only 10 of 29 stations are currently open on the Red Line - 29 percent of Dubai respondents said they would.

A further 44 percent said they would consider it while 21 percent said they would still not use the metro.

And only three percent of respondents said they had seen a "great" reduction in traffic on Dubai roads since the metro had begun operations.

A further 21 percent said traffic had fallen slightly while 61 percent of people had noticed no difference.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Dubai Metro train service availability has been 98 percent and more than 95 percent of trains have run on time since its launch.

Ramadan Abdullah, director of operations at the Rail Agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), also said more staff have been employed to crack down on passenger violations.

Abdullah added that more than 2.5 million people had so far used the metro station, averaging about 57,000 passengers per day.

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Tome de Souza 10 years ago

I too wish to travel by metro everyday but a second thought leaves me blank! My building has 36 apartments but the landlord forcefully has started charging for the used to be free parking and they are only 13. Even if I wish I am unable to take a parking as everyone does not have an allocated parking. To pay for the RTA parking plus the metro ticket, I just feel like smiling. Guess I need to weight the odds not only taking the parking into consideration by others too.

Tareq Zedan 10 years ago

Firs, I would like to thank the RTA for its gift for the residence of dubai, the METRO. I use the metro everyday, trains on time stations well organized employees are very frindly and helpful, some on board are agressive. I think extending the working ours espcially at night will make the metro more reliable and convenient,and on friday morning too

Matt 10 years ago

At any time of the day you only have to look at SZR to see that the introduction of the Metro and the bus services has not caused a drop in the volume of traffic using the roads. Recently it feels like there has been an increase not a decrease. I guess that Emirates Road and the other main routes are still similarly conjested. Meanwhile the Metro runs almost empty as do the buses so the authorities will have to force the public out of their cars and onto the public servcices. They can only do that by making the cost of using a car prohibitive for the majority of the population. How about a 10 Dirham toll gate at the Dubai Sharjah border? The present Salik system allows the cars into the road network then funnels them onto side roads as the drivers avoid the toll gates. The legislators will aslo have to consider changing the rules on private companies "busing" their staff to their place of work, this alone would remove a significant number of mini buses from the roads and turn the occupants into Metro / bus commuters. Having all of the stations open will be a source of encouragement but without intervention the public will still prefer the door to door servcie which their cars provide.

Dan 10 years ago

Dubai government should consider some of the tactics used in Europe to reduce traffic. Higher toll fees, much higher gas prices, higher tax on cars and so on. On the other hand government should make the use of public transport cheaper.

poorguy 10 years ago

dan yu come from a country which is nice and cold with good weather where you can walk and breathe fresh air and take the metro. keep your suggestions for yourself and pay the high price of petrol and toll fees as I know you are rich enough for that. Probably you might be unemployed and the government is paying you for doing nothing.. Give your own government some suggestions to improve your countries economy which is suffering. It might help them and they might just increase your montly allowance so you dont have to work. Good day

Raj 10 years ago

Awaiting in the traffic on SZR, i see the empty (almost) metro zoom past. Something is missing here. Earlier bus fares of AED 2 to any destinations have now increased dramatically and the common man cannot afford the 'luxury' of travelling in the Bus. The metro stations are quite a distance from several houses nad sometimes would mean a walk of a kilometre or more even. Which in Dubais' pleasant climate is not practical. Increasing tolls is a way to make more money and killing the already half dead population who now has to bear the heavy toll charges for travelling within the city. this is not a solution to 'encourage' them to move to the metro.

Dan 10 years ago

It’s no joke. This is how it works. Dubai’s government can not build indefinite numbers of highways. And it has limited incomes. So in order to finance more Metro stations and busses it has to increase taxes. As it is now everybody in Dubai has car and there is always traffic. We can not assume that Dubai’s government will build everything with no taxes. I guess when you all sit in traffic for hours; you wish there would be a solution to the mess, don’t you? The problem is that everybody wants a car, even if there were other alternatives. And people used to cope with Dubai’s weather before. No everyone had a car. That was before the easy credit era.

TF 10 years ago

Who in their right mind decided to open the Metro station at DFC instead of at Downtown/Dubai Mall in the middle of a tourist season, during a financial downturn and with the likelihood that most 'commuters' to DFC will hardly be likely to be using public transport in the first place. Total white elephant.

Michael 10 years ago

Ok so last thursday evening I thought I would use the metro not for a day time tourist ride, but to actually go somewhere! I booked a table for two for dinner at 9pm in a hotel on the creek. Hopped in my car for the quick ride from my apt in Dubai Marina to the Nakheel Harbour and Tower metro station. A vague after thought hit when I got there. Would there still be a metro to take me back home after dinner? I called RTA and the answer was:" Last metro from Union Station will leave at...10.24pm." Less than one hour 1/2 for a week end dinner, home by 11 and so to bed... Charming. I obviously stayed in my car and drove all the way to the creek, stuck in the SZR thursday evening traffic, and decided not to have a glass of wine because I was driving and came back around 1am. Now I ask this question: what else does it take to deter people from using such a state of the art public transport if the running hours are so restrictive?

langyaw 10 years ago

my hunch as to the reason why some stations were selected to be opened ahead of the others is that RTA would attempt to prove the ROI of the investment, and to encourage the continuation and even expansion of the railway project. this explains the stations at MOE, Deira CityCentre and the Nakheel. on the other hand, had the goal been to alleviate congestion at SZR, the Jebel Ali station would have given the greatest impact, as there are thousands of employees in the zone, with a high percentage of them driving their own cars! well, now that the point has been made to investors, I just hope that they will now work on finishing the Jebel Ali station with a higher sense of priority, so the second objective can be attained. whichever the case, I'd say the RTA has been very clever in the project implementation. notwithstanding the expected and unexpected glitches during any project start-up, I'd give them an applause. the other observations that the reduction of vehicles along SZR has been nil is explained by my comment above. to maximize the utility of the Metro and other public conveyances, and thus, attain both objectives of short ROI and traffic volume reduction along SZR, government can regulate the use of private conveyances by the following: 1. forcing companies to provide mass transportation for its employees, 2. closing the second-hand car market. this will make car acquisition achievable only by those in the higher income bracket (improving air quality, too), and force people who cannot use the metro to use the bicycle. 3. provide infrastructure for bike users to avoid cluttering the roads with bikes, and for their safety, as well 4. provide incentives to entice people to buy and use bikes, 5. regulate private car usage by implementing a selective-use scheme, such as forbidding the use of cars with plate numbers ending with certain numbers on certain days. 6. implementing a "carless" day every month or every 2 weeks. 7. phasing out old cars and encouraging alternative-powered vehicles. -- langyaw