Dubai Metro surpasses two billion riders milestone

Posted: 24 April 2023 | | No comments yet

Having carried more than two billion riders since opening in 2009, the Dubai Metro has established itself as a reliable and efficient transportation option in the city, playing a crucial role in boosting Dubai’s economy.

Dubai Metro surpasses two billion riders milestone

Credit: Roads and Transport Authority

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that more than two billion riders have travelled on the Dubai Metro since it had first opened to the public on 9 September 2009. In total, the Red Line has transported 1.342 billion commuters, while the Green Line has served 673.531 million people.

The metro has maintained a punctuality rate of 99.7%, surpassing international safety standards. In addition, the average daily ridership of the metro had surpassed 616,000 riders in 2022.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, said: “The Dubai Metro has become the backbone of a transit system that connects various key districts in the emirate, ensuring safe and smooth mobility for riders.”

Dubai’s Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Roads and Transport Authority, Mattar Al Tayer, said: “Statistics reveal a consistent rise in Dubai Metro ridership since the start of the service in September 2009. The total number of Dubai Metro users since its inauguration through January of 2023 exceeded two billion.”

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According to Al Tayer, several factors have contributed to the growth of Dubai Metro ridership during this period, including the opening of new stations, as part of the Route 2020 project, and effective measures taken to ensure quick recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubai Metro holds its standing as the world’s longest driverless metro project and is known as the flagship project of both the RTA and Dubai’s public transport network. The metro consists of the Red and Green Lines, which span over 89.3 km and connect 53 stations served by a fleet of 129 trains. 

The Dubai Metro is a sustainable and environmentally friendly public transport solution, and it has played a crucial role in stimulating Dubai’s economic growth, boosting tourism, as well as stimulating real estate investment.