By Elsa Baxter www.arabianbusiness.com
Some 44,155 passengers used Dubai Metro on Tuesday, taking the total number of passengers on the network in the six days since it opened to 323,996.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the latest figure represented a three percent rise in the number of passengers compared to that reported on Sunday.
“The number of metro commuters has topped 300k passengers during the first week of the metro inauguration; which is well ahead of expectations,” said Peyman Younes Parham, the RTA’s director of marketing and corporate communications.
The RTA said in a statement on Wednesday that the launch of the metro had also “slashed the number of vehicles on Dubai roads by 187,500 vehicles”.
“These figures are a huge credit to the RTA as they reflect the significant turnout and public up-take of Dubai Metro as a means of mobility,” Younes said.
The metro is currently averaging 54,000 passengers per day.
Ten stations were opened to the fee paying public on the metro’s Red Line on September 9.