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Nearly 50 million people journeyed aboard the Dubai Metro in the first quarter of this year, with another 1.3 million riders utilised the Dubai Tram services.
Dubai Hills Estate, a mega development by Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding within Mohammed bin Rashid City (MBR) City, will house 26,400 residential units and will have its own rail line connecting to the emirate’s two international airports.
Doha now holds the Guinness World Record for operating the highest number of tunnel boring machines (TBMs) in a single city at one time, Qatar Rail has announced.
Adel Mohammed Shakri, Director of Transportation Systems, RTA Public Transport Agency, said: “This project is part of RTA’s efforts to enhance the Smart Dubai initiative, and acts as an additional new channel for providing information about bus arrival and departure timetables,” adding that such a service is in use in some European countries and the USA, but saw its debut in the Middle East in Dubai in 2009.
Officials are studying the possibility of extending Dubai Metro’s services to two more stations, a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official told Gulf News. The authority expects an increase in ridership of five per cent annually. “RTA is currently studying the possibility of extending services to two more stations — one on the Green Line and one on the Red Line,” Ramadan Abdullah, Director of Rail Operations at Dubai Metro, told Gulf News.
According to latest statistics by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) the average number of daily riders in 2010 was about 957,000 persons compared to 800,000 persons in 2009. "The Dubai Metro has lifted about 38.888 million passengers in 2010 and the average daily rider-ship of the metro is currently hovering around 149,000 passengers and this number is poised to increase with the opening of the remaining metro stations on the Red Line..."
The stations will not take passengers until April 30 because a dozen new trains are set to launch at the same time and require a few more days of testing, said Peyman Younes Parham, director of the RTA’s corporate marketing and communications department.