Dubai Metro Breaks Passenger Record during New Year’s Eve

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Dubai Metro rush during New Year Eve 2013
Following the fireworks display, the Dubai metro was completely overwhelmed. Roads were gridlocked, taxis unavailable and the crowds numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Queues for the metro were over two hours long, and police had to close all the stations. Photo-alex.hondsmerk

Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) today revealed that the number of commuters who used public transport means on the New Year’s Eve has clocked 1.45 million persons.
Dubai Metro accounted for the lion’s share with the metro ridership touching new heights as the number of metro riders hit 587,542 passengers; which is a record ridership since the launch of the metro operation in 2009.

Burj Khalifa Dubai Mall station, Business Bay station and Financial Center station accounted for the highest number of commuters, as these stations combined served 506,813 passengers.

The number of public bus riders reached 322,066 passengers whereas the marine transit modes were used by about 40 thousand passengers.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai had recently hailed the Dubai Metro as the project of the century.

The combination of a rapidly growing population (expected to reach 3 million by 2017) and severe traffic congestion necessitated the building of an urban rail system to provide additional public transportation capacity, relieve motor traffic, and provide infrastructure for additional development.

Guinness World Records has declared Dubai Metro as the world’s longest fully automated metro network spanning at 75 kilometres.

The construction cost of the Dubai Metro project was estimated AED 28 billion/US$ 7.6 billion, which was higher than the initial estimates, due to some major changes in the scope and design of the project. Dubai Metro fares are subsidised and is expected to generate AED 18 billion/US$ 4.9 billion in income over the next 10 years.

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