The Dubai Metro’s Green Line is becoming more popular with ridership hitting 37.576 million passengers in 2012 and the growth rate is sustained through this year, clocking 3.827 million passengers last January.
These healthy statistics are a result of the substantial integration with other mass transit means, as well as the wide coverage of residential & commercial areas, business districts, and various cultural, sports, and health venues, rendering it the metro a uniquely preferred transit means serving different destinations of riders.
Adnan Al Hammadi, CEO of RTA Rail Agency, said: “The Green Line of the Metro, which stretches 23 km and comprises 12 elevated stations and 8 underground stations, meets the mobility needs of people in various key parts of the Emirate as it passes through a vital corridor starting from Etisalat Station; which attracted last year 542,291 passengers, and has a prime geographical location being situated at Al Qusais, Al Nahdah Road, in an area characterized by high population density and considered a major destination for riders hailing from Sharjah Emirate and neighbouring Emirates. The station features a multi-level park-and-ride facility; which is linked with a bus station, and the facility is also linked with air-conditioned pedestrian bridges providing access to the Metro Station.
“The Green line goes through a number of stations such as Al Qusais Station which was used last year by 1.102 million passengers, Dubai Airport Free Zone Station which attracted 2,232,963 passengers, Al Nahda Station which served 1,430,435 passengers, and the Stadium Station which received 1,969,994 riders last year. These stations serve highly populous residential districts, and key commercial & sports centers such as Al Ahli Club, Lulu Center, Al Bustan Center, Al Ittihad Cooperative Society at Al Tawar, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Works, and the Service Center of the Municipality of Dubai,” stated Al Hammadi.
The HQ Station, which is adjacent to the premises of the General HQ of Dubai Police, was fairly busy with the number of passengers hitting 1.049 million passengers and the station is fitted with an air-conditioned footbridge linking with the other side of Al Ittihad Road to serve passengers heading towards Al Mamzar Center and various business outlets in the area. Next comes Abu Hail Station; which is a popular destination for many passengers with the number of riders using the station clocking 1,422,122 passengers as it is a popular business community packed with shops, commercial centers (such as Abu Hail Center, Sanaa), health centers and schools. Moreover, it is considered one of the stations providing multi-modal integration with various mass transit means due to the availability of the Bus Station, and an air-conditioned shelter for waiting bus passengers.
Abu Baker Al Siddique Station mostly serves the business community in a locality teeming with retail shops, building material outlets, hotels, and commercial centers; which contributed to raising the number of passengers using the station to as much as 2,274,984 passengers last year. Then comes Salah Uddin Station; which is situated in the heart of the Dubai Central Business District nearby commercial centers, and apartments, with passengers count hitting 2,659,777 riders.
Then comes Al Ittihad Station; which is a transfer station in which the Red and Green Lines intersect and offers riders transfer between the two lines to continue their trips to their final destinations, besides being in close proximity to the Dubai Business District. The Green Line then passes to Bani Yas Station which served last year 4,379,949 passengers as it has a prime geographical location, and the Palm Deira Station which is another tourist destination visited by 1.513 million passengers last year.
Then comes Al Ras Station which is a key station situated near the old commercial district of Dubai and a popular destination for visitors & tourists with the number of riders last year recording 1,447,959 passengers. Al Ghubaiba Station, which is located in the vibrant district of Dubai such as Al Bastakiya, and Al Shindagha and the Heritage and Diving Village, attracted last year 3,292,924 passengers.
About other stations, the CEO of Rail Agency, said: “One of the key stations on the Green Line is Al Fahidi Station; which tops the stations in terms of the number of passengers using stations on the Green Line in 2012 recording 4,582,606 passengers, thanks to its location and specialty as a venue for selling electronics, computers and main banks.
“Burjuman Station is the second station in which the Red and Green Lines meet and is featured by bordering Burjuman Station and other diverse commercial & residential units. Then comes Oud Metha Station which attracted 2,885,576 passengers last year, and has a location close to cultural & sports clubs. Dubai Healthcare City meets the needs of a wide spectrum of community members, receiving 1,008,370 passengers,” added Al Hammadi.
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