By Sharmila Dhal, Chief Reporter www.gulfnews.com XPRESS
Dubai: When Dubai Metro first rolled out on 09.09.09, there were major doubts about the extent of its usage as the city’s reputation of having one car for every two individuals preceded it.
Few could imagine that they would give up the luxury of their exclusive cars to embrace mass transport. But five Septembers later, the naysayers have been proved wrong.
Ask any passenger riding the city’s driverless wonder today and you will find two common refrains for and against the Metro: ‘so convenient’ and ‘so crowded’. But bouquets or brickbats, either way you look at it, their comments point to a resounding success story.
Carrying over 455 million passengers on trains travelling 768,484 times up and down the Red and Green Lines until July 2014, Dubai Metro is not just a statistical feat. As regular passenger Shabina Mustafa put it, “It has rendered the impossible possible in Dubai.”
For the millions of passengers, both residents and tourists alike, Dubai Metro has emerged as the most popular and preferred form of transport in the city today because of its high frequency, extensive connectivity, unfailing punctuality and above all, savings in terms of cost and travel time. More info