Posted by Neil King
The Dubai Metro has transported an impressive 30 million people since its launch a year ago, it has been claimed.
Mattar Al Tayer, chief executive of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), noted that the system has witnessed marked passenger growth over the last year, with the Metro transporting 3.3 million people last month, up from 1.8 million in October 2009.
"People have come to feel the benefits and features of using mass transit systems such as the psychological and physical relief in moving around easily and smoothly, and minimising the cost of fuel and vehicle maintenance," he said.
Meanwhile, Gulf News reported comments by Adnan Al Hammadi, chief executive officer of the RTA's Rail Agency, who claimed that the Metro Red Line has contributed to reducing traffic by between ten and 20 per cent during peak hours in the areas it serves such as Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Riqqa Road and Khaled Bin Al Waleed Road.
"We expect this percentage to increase with the opening of the Green Line at the end of 2011," he added.
Tomorrow (September 9th) marks the first anniversary since the Dubai Metro was launched.