September 2017

Dubai Metro Reaches 8 Million Trips

Source: Dubai Again

A recent announcement was made that made that the Dubai Metro has carried over a billion passengers since its inception. The announcement comes on the anniversary of the metro’s service launch 8 years ago on September 9th, 2009. This was stated by Mattar Al Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, who said that “since the launch of the metro service on 09/09/2009 till the end of August 2017, the metro has lifted 1.028 billion riders 689 million by the Red Line and 339 million by the Green Line.”

Dubai Metro, which spans 75 kilometres along its network, is the largest autonomous metro transit network in the world. The metro has experienced sustained growth since its launch in 2009 with the trips on Red Line steadily increasing from 38.88 million riders in 2010 to 60 million in 2011. This number continued to grow to 104 million trips in 2014 and then rising to a staggering 121 million trips by 2016. The Dubai Metro has helped in promoting and standardizing the use of mass public transportation within Dubai.

“There is a remarkable evolution in the culture of the community and its perception of public transport means. The Metro has started to bring back several benefits to the community such as the psychological & physical relief associated with the smooth mobility, and the reduced expenditure on car fuel and maintenance,” said Al Tayer.

The Dubai Metro and other public transit systems are set to undergo a bold revamp as passengers become more reliant on public transportation and numbers on trips continue to grow. This revamp is said to increase mobility by 30% by the year 2030. 

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