Dubai Metro attracts 38,000 commuters

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    Eugene Harnan   www.thenational.ae

    The first day of the working week saw more than 38,000 commuters take to the world’s longest driverless metro system.

    Crowds gather to ride the Dubai Metro at the Mall of the Emirates station in Dubai on September 11, 2009. Randi Sokoloff
    Crowds gather to ride the Dubai Metro at the Mall of the Emirates station in Dubai on September 11, 2009. Randi Sokoloff

    The Dubai metro that opened to the public last Thursday was dogged by delays and large crowds over the weekend but that did not deter 38,841 passengers who took to the rails on Sunday according to figures released by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

    Peyman Younes Parham, director of the RTA’s Marketing and Corporate Communication said in a statement the number of passengers using the metro was impressive. “We are proud that this was achieved in one day only. It is evidence that the public transport is thriving through the latest and best mass transit of Dubai.”

    Mr Parham also repeated calls for Metro users to listen to instructions from station staff and make sure fare cards contain enough credit, as queues at gates can grow rapidly during peak hours.