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Dubai Metro turns four; achieves record growth with 300 million users

The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, unveiled the first Metro line in Dubai, on 10th September 2009. The Metro is now four years old, and serves two lines, 46 stations, and has served more than 300 million commuters as of last month.

By the end of August this year, the Dubai Metro served 312,097,588 commuters on both Red Line and Green Line, the RTA revealed. This implies that this year alone, the total number of passengers jumped 50 percent, in comparison to 213,354 passengers recorded in end of November 2012.

With every passing year, the Dubai Metro commuters are on the rise. The number of people who used the Metro this August touched 10.5million in number, in comparison to 8 million passengers during same month last year.

The biggest advancement noticed since the inception of Metro is the opening of Green Line. In the first month of opening, the Green Line accounted for transportation of 1.3 million passengers, a fast-growing commuter based, which hit the 4 million bar twice this year. The Green Line contributed to considerable increase in overall use of the Metro.

The Red Line too has not been the same either. Starting from Al Rashidiya to Nakheel Harbour and Tower, 18 Metro stations have been added since, with latest addition being Danube in December last year. The ceremonial was opening of Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall metro station, unveiled simultaneousl to opening of Burj Khalifa on 4th January 2010.

Two years later, a 820-metre temperature-controlled footbridge was opened to link the popular Metro station into Dubai Mall. A month later, the number of passengers at Burj Khalifa / Dubai Mall Metro station grew by one-fourth.

The most popular stations since the opening of Dubai Metro have been the Burjuman Metro Station and Union Metro Station, where passengers get to link to the Green Line. With a rail network of 74.6km, Dubai currently houses the longest driverless rail networks in the world.

Additional metro lines will be added to these lines, and the number will be increased over the years, as plans have been announced to expand the network.

Before the end of 2020, an extension of Green Line will link Academic City to Al Jadaf Metro Station. Al Rashidiya Metro station and Mirdif will also be linked within the same time frame. A new rail network will connect remote areas by Metro. A Purple Line will run parallel to Emirates Road, while Blue Line will run parallel to Dubai Bypass Road. A Gold Line will offer two entrees deep into Dubai Land, to locations that were earlier accessible only by personal transportation.

Apart from connectivity between Metro Lines, the Dubai Metro will offer access to future rail networks such as Etihad Rail and Al Sufouh Tram. Three proposed stations Al Maktoum Airport Station, Dubai Land Station and Central Station have been announced to offer the anticipated Etihad Rail network, which will run to Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Posted on 10/9/2013

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