Posted by Neil King
The Dubai Metro has transported more than 23 million passengers since its launch on September 9th, 2009, up to the first week of July 2010, it has been revealed.
Figures released by Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) also showed that daily ridership of the Metro reached a new high on July 1st, 2010, with 130,529 passengers recorded.
Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of the RTA, observed: "The number of metro users is steadily on the rise since the launch of the service on September 9th, 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."
The authority said its top priority was to oversee the integration of "multi-modal mass transit systems in the emirate", including public buses, the Dubai Metro and marine transport modes spanning abra, water bus and water taxi services, which have recently been inaugurated.
It said the huge government investment in the emirate's transportation sector had paid dividends, as evidenced by the rapid, mass adoption of such transit systems.
Meanwhile, the UAE was last week ranked sixth in the world in a study of the best infrastructure systems by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum.