Milestone achieved as Red Line celebrates eighth anniversary
We love the Dubai Metro, and the RTA has announced the total number of passengers to have used it has cleared the 1 billion mark.
Celebrating its eight-year anniversary last weekend on Saturday September 9 (the Metro opened on 09/09/09), the Dubai Metro broke the milestone occasion during August, and to date has taken 1.028 billion passengers across the city. That works out at roughly 128 million passengers per year, which equates to 350,000 passengers every single day across Dubai.
The popularity of the Metro has grown rapidly since its launch, with the Red Line seeing 121 million riders in 2016 compared to 39 million in 2010. The Green Line served 70 million passengers in 2016, compared to 37.5 million in 2012. In total, the Red Line has been used by 689 million since it opened in 2009, and the Green Line has had 339 million riders since opening in 2011.
Fun fact: Union Station on the Red Line is the single busiest station on the entire metro, used by 47.798 million passengers, followed closely by BurJuman (also Red Line) with 46.749 million. On the Green Line, Al Fahidi Station has seen the most passenger activity, with 37.928 million passengers since opening.
“The positive indicators of the growing number of metro riders underscores the strategic dimension of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the solid conviction of HH Sheikh Mohammed in the vital role of the metro system in addressing the needs of urbanisation growth seen by Dubai,” says His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA. “HH Sheikh Mohammed has envisioned the Metro as the backbone of a transport system that links vital parts of the emirate of Dubai and provides safe and smooth transport of people.”
The RTA is currently in the midst of upgrading and revamping the mass transit system, with the hope of raising the proportion of public transport users to 30 percent by 2030. Primarily, though, the RTA has noticed a change in the mindset and perception of Dubai residents over the past eight years. Al Tayer said the growth of the Metro’s popularity can be put down to its reliability and affordability.
To put it into context for those who haven’t used the Metro yet, you can get from one end of Dubai to the other for less than Dhs20. Even Dubai’s famously affordable taxis can’t match that, and there’s no traffic to worry about either.