Dubai Metro breaks most passengers in one day record

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By Elsa Baxter  www.arabianbusiness.com 

More than 100,000 passengers were lifted on the Dubai Metro in one day, the latest figures released by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Sunday have revealed.

METRO MAGIC: More than 100,000 passengers travelled on Dubai Metro on May 2. (Getty Images)
METRO MAGIC: More than 100,000 passengers travelled on Dubai Metro on May 2. (Getty Images)

According to the transport agency, a total of 100,368 passengers made a journey on the network on May 2, 2010 – the most in a single day to date.

According to a statement, some 83,832 passengers used the metro the previous day (may 1), “a trend which reflects the huge public uptake of the Dubai Metro”.

Ramadan Abdullah, director of the RTA’s Rail Operation Department, said metro passengers were taking safety instructions seriously.

“These include complying with the safety guidelines made to streamline the using of the service and stations, attending to the directions given by the station employees during the peak hours to avoid thronging the platforms during the boarding and alighting process or when the service hours are changed, and ensuring that the balance is topped up when multiple journeys are made,” he said.

Eighteen stations are now served on the Red Line after a further seven stations opened on April 30. These were Emirates, Airport Terminal 1, Al Karama, Emirates Towers, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Marina, and Ibn Battuta stations.