posted on 16/12/2012: 2958 views
The Dubai Metro, both Red and Green Lines, has touched new heights with ridership hitting 213.354 million passengers from the start of the commercial service on Sept.10, 2009 till the end of November 2012.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has revealed that ridership of the Dubai Metro had seen a huge growth during this year with the average daily ridership hovering around 350,000 commuters.
The number is set to rise in the near future, particularly after the opening of Danube Station on the Red Line, which serves Jebel Ali Industrial Area.
Al Tayer was delighted with these positive indicators depicting the growth in the ridership of the Dubai Metro.
He said that the RTA plan to augment the ridership of public transit means is moving in the right direction.
"It also indicates a transition in the culture and attitudes of the community towards public transit systems as people started to grasp the benefits of using public transport systems such as the psychological and physical comfort and economising on the expenses for fuel and maintenance of vehicles,” he added.
"The number of commuters using the Red Line since it was launched on Sept.9 in 2009 till the end of September 2012 hit 170,621,483 passengers.”
The ridership is continuously on the rise, jumping from 1.8 million passengers in October 2009 to 3.3 million passengers in August 2010, and it went further to hit 6.5 million passengers in November this year.
The number of commuters using the Green Line since it opened in September last year till the end of last August touched 42,733,093 passengers, and the ridership soared from 2.4 million passengers in October 2011 to 3,492,554 passengers last November.
"Al Ittihad, BurJuman, Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates and Rigga stations accounted for the lion's share in the total number of commuters on the Red Line.
"Ridership rates hit 16,224,270 passengers in Al Ittihad Station, 15,611,842 passengers in BurJuman Station, 14,053,193 passengers in Deira City Centre, 13,568,414 passengers in Mall of the Emirates Station, and 11,076,128 passengers in Rigga Station.”
On the Green Line, Al Fahidi Station accounted for the largest number of Green Line commuters attracting 5,232,868 passengers, followed by Bani Yas Station that serves a high density residential and business district, which was used by 5,006,149 passengers, Al Ghubaiba Station was used by 3,731,209 passengers, Oud Maitha Station served 3,291,071 passengers and Salah Uddin Station served 2,982,046 passengers.
"These indicators illustrate that the RTA is moving ahead with its drive to achieve its strategic objective of raising the rate of trips made by public transit means to 30 per cent by 2030, and this rate touched 10 per cent in 2011,” he said.
"The Dubai Government has pumped massive investments in upgrading the infrastructure of public transport sector which proved successful and effective and contributed to bolstering the development drive seen by the emirate under the prudent leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
"These ingredients are bound to encourage mobility, revive the economy, and raise the competitive edge of Dubai in hosting international events such as conventions, sport events, horse-races etc.
"Besides, these would also conserve the environment, slash the financial impact of traffic jams and divert the demand from private vehicles to public transit means,” Al Tayer concluded. – The Gulf Today
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