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Number of Dubai Metro users doubles since launch

Daily users jump to 116,340 in June 2010, compared to 54,683 in October 2009.

Number of Dubai Metro users doubles since launch
GREEN LINE: The Green Line of Dubai Metro is scheduled to start operations in August 2001.(Getty Images)

The number of passengers using Dubai Metro daily has more than doubled since the launch of the rail system, a senior official has revealed.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the Board and executive director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) said daily users jumped to 116,340 in June, compared to 54,683 in October, the first full month of operations.

He added that July 1 recorded an all-time high, clocking 130,529 passengers.

The RTA chief said: "The huge investments pumped by the Government of Dubai to uplift the infrastructure of transportation sector has paid dividends and proved effective.

"The growth in the number of mass transit mode users reflects a shift in the culture of using public transport by all segments of the community and the drive was particularly helped by the metro service."

He added that the numbers would increase further with the opening of the remaining stations on the Red Line with the rail network expected to lift about 35 million passengers in 2010.

The Green Line of Dubai Metro is scheduled to start operations in August 2011.

Khalid bin Al Waleed Station has been the busiest station so far with 3,145,210 passengers, followed by Mall of the Emirates Station (3,059,069), Al Ittihad Station (2,989,879), Deira City Centre Station (2,102,484) and Al Rashidiya Station (1,829,653).

Of the 10 new stations that opened in April and May, Ibn Battuta Station ranked first in the number of users clocking 466,554 passengers.

Al Tayer added: "People have started to perceive the benefits and advantages of using of public transport such as the psychological and physical comfort in transit, and reduced fuel and vehicle maintenance costs besides the contribution of using public transport to effectively cutting road accident mortalities, and reducing carbon emissions from vehicle exhausts."

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Javed 10 years ago

I think news in this country is more like typing whatever any government official said instead of checking the actuals and facts. Ridiculous is the fact that a country with a total population of 5-6 million claims that 23 million people have travelled metro. The sole fact that this is absolutely false is the fact that metro officials have no way to find out how many people actually purchase metro cards as no identification is required to purchase a metro card. So, i say, stop misleading people.

Punky Brewster 10 years ago

One HAS to give the authorities the benefit of doubt, esp when to such astronomical numbers! Maybe they CAN track each & every individual usage of the Metro, by the revenue generated. But the service has DROPPED drastically. Gone are the INITIAL days when it was COLD to even enter any Metro station, let alone the escalators going up or down from the station. NOW, it's all good inside the trains, but once U exit after card is swiped, it's HELL. And, most of the time, escalators are NOT working, Sorry for the inconvenience. I can assume it's gonna get fixed, once the economy is fixed!! Besides, life's a BIT easier to get to any place, along the Metro route. Other than that, the A/C is also not working, in ALL the stations, again, Sorry for the Inconvenience. When do I get to say, APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED... don't put substandard service to customers, who are paying MONEY to ride the damn metro.

Punky Brewster 10 years ago

One HAS to give the authorities the benefit of doubt, esp when to such astronomical numbers! Maybe they CAN track each & every individual usage of the Metro, by the revenue generated. But the service has DROPPED drastically. Gone are the INITIAL days when it was COLD to even enter any Metro station, let alone the escalators going up or down from the station. NOW, it's all good inside the trains, but once U exit after card is swiped, it's HELL. And, most of the time, escalators are NOT working, Sorry for the inconvenience. I can assume it's gonna get fixed, once the economy is fixed!! Besides, life's a BIT easier to get to any place, along the Metro route. Other than that, the A/C is also not working, in ALL the stations, again, Sorry for the Inconvenience. When do I get to say, APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED... don't put substandard service to customers, who are paying MONEY to ride the damn metro.

Claire 10 years ago

That is all wonderful news, but WHEN oh WHEN will they be thinking of opening up the JLT metro station which has been ready for months and just sits there with all the lights turned on, and not actually open! Anybody got any ideas??

sonnydubai 10 years ago

Amazing figures - I still dont know anybody who uses the Metro to commute though.....who is actually using it and for what purpose?

GD 10 years ago

Me and my colleague used to get taxis to and from work from the Marina to Garhoud which cost us both 60 dirhams a day, we now pay 16 dirhams each a day (taxi to and from Marina metro station and Metro fee its self) you do the Math! Yes it takes longer but saves a fortune. My only complaint is that it is absolutely freezing inside the carriages to the point it is painful, why in a boiling hot country where you need to dress light to keep cool must we endure such cold temperatures when we go inside where we then need to dressed for the tempretures of an Artic winter - its the same in the malls, restaurants etc - i have to carry a jumper around with me in 50 degree weather!!! I also agree with Claire - the other Marina and JLT station is just sat there empty not opening - this will possibly be the busiest station - it is completed but they wont open it!!

Malik 10 years ago

I use the metro sometimes and its really good and the numbers will increase after they open the remaining stations @javed the RTA can count how many passengers easly and no need for any identification as you say , and on average 80000 people use the metro everyday and in one year they make more than 50,000,000 trips.