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Dubai Metro hits 23 million
More than 130,000 passengers carried in one day.
July 10, 2010 11:47 by Samuel Potter
The number of passengers carried by the Dubai Metro since its launch in September 2009 has now broken the 23 million barrier, reports Zawya.com.
According to Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board & Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority, the mass transit system surpassed 23 million in the first week of July. He said the milestone corresponded with a new daily ridership height of 130,529, which occurred on July 1.
“People have started to perceive the benefits and advantages of using of public transport such as the psychological and physical comfort in transit, and reduced fuel and vehicle maintenance costs besides the contribution of using public transport to effectively cutting road accident mortalities, and reducing carbon emissions from vehicle exhausts,” said Al Tayer.
“The number of metro users is steadily on the rise since the launch of the service on 09 September 2009 with ridership jumping from 1.8 million passengers in October 2009 to 3.3 million passengers in June 2010 recording in the process an increase rate as high as 185 per cent. In September 2009 the number of metro commuters clocked 1,196,920 passengers and the following month saw an increase in the ridership to 1,767,879 passengers. Metro ridership broke the two million passenger barrier in December 2009 and the number kept rising to reach 3,193,087 passengers in May 2010 and touched a higher point last June by clocking 3,262,912 passengers,” continued Al Tayer.
According to a press release, Khalid Bin Al Waleed station is the busiest on the system, closely followed by Mall of Emirates and Al Ittihad.