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Public transport ridership clocked 332m passengers in 2010

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has revealed that RTA mass transit means, comprising the Dubai Metro, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis, have lifted more than 332 million passengers in 2010, compared to 288.777 million passengers in 2009. The average number of daily riders in 2010 was about 957 thousand persons compared to 800 thousand persons in 2009.

Riding the Dubai Metro

Buying a ticket on the Dubai Metro is fast and easy. The best bargain of all is a silver Nol smart-card. This costs Dhs20 (RM16.85) and includes Dhs14 of stored value. The card is used to touch on and off at each Metro station or on linked feeder buses or water buses, and can be topped up at ticket-vending machines in all Metro stations and at 64 bus stops throughout Dubai.

Here the Dubai metro map to discuss

After the two lines, will be realized the purple or the blue line? Is the purple an high speed line? What does mean high speed for a metro line? At the end and at the beginning of blue and purple line, the two lines have the same route so will be shared the tunnel? What is the status of plan regards the yellow lines, the monarails to the palms?

Metro in Dubai

The Dubai Metro is a driverless, fully automated metro network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The Red Line is almost fully operational, the Green Line is under construction with trials commenced in October 2010, and 3 further lines are planned, with some doubt expressed on their feasibility following the financial downturn experienced by Dubai after September 2008.

Dubai's Green Line on track for August launch — RTA

The Metro’s second line was originally slated for completion in April 2010 but was slowed by funding and contract delays in the wake of the economic crisis. “The Green Line will be completed in August of this year,” said Abdul Younes, the RTA’s CEO for strategy and corporate governance.

Metro popularity sees surge

“The Metro lifted 206,000 passengers compared to 140,000 passengers it carries on normal days. All these are positive indicators that we’re moving into the right direction of realising our target,” said Ramadan. At a rate of 140,000 passengers per day, this makes it about 4,020,000 per month.

Metro Dubai / Station: Burj Khalifa-Dubai Mall

Dubai metro video

Metro most likely to trigger mass transport target realisation

The target to have 30 per cent of Dubai population using public transport by 2020 is on course, largely because of the results shown by the Metro ridership. “Our strategy is to have 30 per cent of the population hitting public transport of which the Metro set to take a lion’s share of 17 per cent with the rest taking a 13 per cent share,” contended the chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Mattar Al Tayer.

RTA eyeing more Metro lines, extensions in 2011

“We have so many lines...We have Purple, we have blue, which all will be revisited... to see the feasibility... the whole issue is how to go about it...”, said Adnan Al Hammadi, Chief Executive officer of the Rail Agency of Dubai Road and Transport Authority or RTA, on the sidelines of an Roadex-Railex conference in the capital. The chief executive officer said that “there are planned extensions to the Red Line as well as Green Line, which are being revisited and will be announced in the master plan next year.”

Dubai Metro’s Green Line work enters final stage

Work on the Green Line of Dubai Metro is fast approaching completion, with the tracks fully ready and stations taking the final shape. Various types of testing have already begun, with His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, recently launching the operational phase of Green Line.