By Elsa Baxter
RTA figures show nearly six million passengers have travelled on Red Line since it opened.
The number of people using Dubai Metro each week is rising, the latest figures from the Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) Rail Agency show.
Nearly six million passengers have travelled on the Red Line in the three months since it opened on September 9, the RTA said in a statement on Monday.
Each month the number of passengers has risen, figures show.
In September a total of 1,198,699 people made a journey on the metro. In October this rose to 1,762,816 passengers and in November it reached 1,904,956.
Mall of the Emirates was the busiest station with 929,116 passengers using the station between September 9 and December 9. The least used station was Airport Terminal 3 with a count of 214,051 passengers over the same time.
"The success of the Metro is a real success for the city of Dubai and a true reflection of the development witnessed by Dubai city in various walks of life, the latest of which is Dubai Metro," said Ramadan Abdullah, director of the Rail Operations Department.
He said the average daily passenger volume of the metro was 59,347.
Most used stationsMall of the Emirates- 929,116
Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station- 791,452
Al Ittihad Station- 711,785
Al Rashidiya Station- 586,555
Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station- 555,010
Deira City Centre Station- 535,170
Dubai Financial Centre Station- 462,941
Al Rigga Station- 382,443 Al Jafiliya Station- 289,222
Airport Terminal 3 Station- 214,051.
I love using the Metro, its so much more relaxing than dealing with Dubai's roads - I have given up my car three days of the week to use it. Plus the walk from Financial Centre station to the actual financial centre is a real boon. I get to sit and read, I don't have to deal with crazies on the road, the staff are lovely, the trains are clean and the process is simple. Just wish they would turn off the stupid repeating sonic, and allow me a cup of tea, but apart from that - I am a truly happy metro user.
The metro is truly a boon to Dubai, and will help to spread out the population away from the crowded town centre areas. Although I agree that the music loop is a tad annoying (peace and silence on the metro is best). On the other hand, I strongly agree about the food/drink ban ... this is standard for many metros in the developed world, and is essential for the cleanliness and usability of the facility. Perhaps they could allow water, at least, as it does not cause stains or become sticky.
THE METRO IS TRULY THE MOST SUCESSFUL INFRACTURE WHICH WILL BOOST THE ECONOMY OF THIS GREAT CITY.WHEN TRANSPORTATION IS FAST AND EFFICIENT PEOPLE COME OUT IN CONFIDENCE AND START SPENDING REAL MONEIES IN MALLS AND GO BACK TO ANOTHER AND YET ANOTHER MALL AND DROP BACK TO THEIR HOMES IN SIMPLE STARIGHT FORWARD TRANSPORTATION OF THE METRO/BUSES.WE WILL EVEN SEE MORE TOURIST TAKING THE METRO AS THEY DO WANT TO MINGLE WITH THE RESIDENTS AND FEEL THE CLOSSNESS OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN DUBAI.HATS OF TO RTA WITH EXCELLENT SERVICES THROUGH OUT.
I hope more countries in the Middle East will invest in mass transfer. If Dubai with a small population can benefit from it than, itâ€™s obvious bigger cities can benefit even more by introducing mass transfer. I guess they need leaders (in all level of governances) to think of the future of their cities.
According to figures published in your article, the Most used stations on the Metro are as below: Mall of the Emirates - 929,116 Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station - 791,452 Al Ittihad Station - 711,785 Al Rashidiya Station - 586,555 Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station - 555,010 Deira City Centre Station - 535,170 Dubai Financial Centre Station - 462,941 Al Rigga Station - 382,443 Al Jafiliya Station - 289,222 Airport Terminal 3 Station - 214,051. It is seen that Terminal 3 - which is a major International Transportation Hub - list right at the bottom. Doesn't this convey that there is something wrong - perhaps with the policy. RTA need to review their policy - perhaps on the matter relating to carrying luggage.