Dubai Metro crosses new milestones

Light rail system transports 33.3m commuters in first quarter of 2013

Dubai Metro
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Dubai Metro
09 Gulf News

Dubai: Dubai Metro has continued to rise in popularity, attracting more commuters everyday.

In the first quarter of this year, both the red and green lines of the world’s biggest driverless metro network transported 33.34 million commuters, indicating a significant increase over the same period last year.

Adnan Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of the Rail Agency at the Road and Transport Authority, said that this year witnessed an obvious growth in the number of the metro commuters compared to the same period of last year, adding that “this is what we seek to achieve through our annual schemes by setting a diversified package of initiatives and activities that contribute in attracting all segments of society to use the Metro as the premier means of transportation as it’s secure, safe and convenient at the same time.”

The 52-kilometre Red Line, which includes 29 stations, of which four are underground and 25 are elevated, transported 21.8 million commuters.

While the the 22-kilometre Green Line, which has includes 18 stations, six of them underground, transported 11.5 million commuters.

According to Al Hammadi, metro’s Red Line clocked 26,359 trips in the first quarter of this year, while the green line saw 7,941 trips.

Red Line Deira City Centre was the most used station, attracting 1,643,115 commuters from January to March, followed by Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station with 1,573,337 commuters, while the Mall of the Emirates station clocked 1,437,421 and Union Station 1,392,419.

Among the Green Line stations, Al Fahidi station came first, with 1,372,303 commuters, followed by Baniyas Square Station with 1,345,248, Al Ghubaiba Station with 1,116,000 and the Oud Maitha Station with 903,106.

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