The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that Dubai Metro has lifted nearly 6 million passengers from the moment of its launch in September 2009 up to the 9th of December 2009 through 10 stations over the Red Line.
A statistic prepared by RTA’s Rail Agency showed that the number of passengers is steadily on the rise. The number of passengers since the start of the Metro operation on 09.09.09 until the end of September clocked 1,198,699 passengers and the figure went up in October to 1,762,816 passengers. Metro passengers continued to grow touching a new a record of 1,904,956 passengers in November.
Ramadhan Abdullah, Director of Rail Operation Dep’t at Rail Agency, stated that Mall of the Emirates Metro Station topped the list of stations in term of passengers lifted during the period from 9 September 2009 up to the 9 December this year; with 929,116 passengers using the station, followed by Khalid bin Al Waleed Station (791,452 passengers), Al Ittihad Station (711,785 passengers), Rashidiya Station (586,555 passengers), Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station (555,010 passengers), Deira City Centre Station (535,170 passengers), Dubai Financial Centre Station (462,941 passengers), Al Rigga Station (382,443 passengers), Al Jafliya Station (289,222 passengers), and Airport Terminal 3 Station with passenger count of 214,051 passengers.
The Director of Rail Operation Dep’t pointed out that the average daily ridership of Dubai Metro clocked 59,347 passengers and that the number of the daily riders of Mall of the Emirates Station is estimated as 10,000 persons. Al Rigga and Al Ittihad stations are used by nearly 8,000 persons each on the average”.
Ramadan added: “The Metro receives considerable turnout on Fridays, official holidays and various occasions such as the two Eids and the National Day celebrations. Users are, therefore, urged not to hurry, be careful when boarding the metro, and first read the guidelines & instructions prepared by the concerned staff at the Rail Agency for their own safety and the safety of all passengers”. He also urged passengers not to throng the metro doors as the congestion is a main and direct cause of slow embarking and disembarking process.
Ramadan added, “The success of the Metro is a real success for the city of Dubai and a true reflection of the developmental witnessed by Dubai city in various walks of life, the latest of which is Dubai Metro, which has succeeded in orienting the mobility patterns of a large number of commuters who opted for the metro as a main mobility means, thus contributing to reducing traffic congestion and gas emissions from some vehicles and motorcycles. The metro also assists in the process of environment conservation and creates an atmosphere of fun and recreation.”