213m people ride the Dubai Metro since 2009

17/12/2012 - Dubai Investment News Neil King
213m people ride the Dubai Metro since 2009

An incredible 213.3 million people have used Dubai Metro's Red and Green Line networks since they were inaugurated in 2009.

Leaders at the Road & Transport Authority (RTA) said the public transport services have become immensely popular, with the average daily ridership now reaching 350,000 commuters, The Gulf Today reports.

With more and more people moving to Dubai, there is every chance this number will rise sharply in the next few years.

The RTA is working hard to make the rail link as convenient and passenger-friendly as possible and earlier this month it announced that Danube Station - previously known as Jebel Ali Industrial Station - was open again.

This means that 28 of the city's 29 Metro stations are now in operation and the government is hopeful that the recent improvements will encourage more people to use the service.

Not only will this cut down on traffic congestion in the emirate, it will also have a hugely positive impact on the environment.

Chairman of the board and executive director at the RTA Mattar Al Tayer told the news provider that attitudes towards public transport appear to be changing for the better.

"The number of commuters using the Red Line since it was launched on September 9th in 2009 till the end of September 2012 hit 170,621,483 passengers," he was quoted as saying.

Around 6.5 million commuters travelled on the Metro in November 2012 alone, which is a massive jump from the 1.8 million people who used the service in October 2009.

Mr Al Tayer highlighted which parts of the city are the busiest.

"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," he continued.

Property investors always need to take transport infrastructure into account when purchasing new assets around the world and many will be encouraged by the extremely efficient services that are now available in Dubai.