The most crowded Dubai Metro station?
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced in a media statement on Tuesday that the Dubai Metro, comprising the Red and Green Lines, has posted high ridership during the first quarter of this year, clocking 40,655,978 passengers, which is 22 per cent more than the 33,341,095 riders recorded for the same period last year.
Deira City Centre station on the Red Line topped passengers count, clocking 1,841,072 passengers during the period. This means that an average of 20,500 passengers board or disembark at the station every day, including on weekends, making it the busiest Metro Station in town.
Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall Station on the Red Line ranked a close second with ridership hitting 1,813,854 passengers, or about 20,150 daily passengers boarding or getting off the Metro.
The Union Station on the Red Line came third, reporting 1,705,712 passengers, amounting to an average 19,000 passengers stepping off or getting on to the Metro through this station.
The Al Fahidi Station on the Green Line ranked fourth busiest overall (and busiest for Green Line) during the first quarter of 2014, recording a ridership of 1,657,650 passengers (18,400 daily passengers). The Al Rigga Station in Deira on the Red Line was fifth in overall passenger pecking order, recording 1,626,775 passengers (an average of 18,000 passengers per day).
Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, Acting CEO of RTA Rail Agency, said: “The number of the metro riders during the first three months of this year constitute a solid indicator that the Dubai Metro has become one of the prime transit means commanding the attention of the Dubai residents, visitors and tourists, offering smooth mobility and access to key parts of the city in a way that measures up to the needs and expectations of users.”
He added: “This year has witnessed a remarkable growth in the number of metro riders compared to the previous year; which has always been the core of our plans tailored to delivering a whole host of initiatives and service improvements capable of enticing all community members to use the metro as a primary transit means characterized by security, luxury and safety. The directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the metro stations into galleries radiating the stylish as well as the heritage-inspired features of Dubai Emirate, is bound to have a robust contribution to uplifting the footfall of the metro stations rendering them a venue for visual pleasure and peace of mind.”
Elaborating the breakdown of the metro ridership per line and station, Al Ali said: “The number of Red Line trips made during the first quarter of the current year has reached 30,400 compared to 26,359 trips made during the same period last year. The number of the Green Line trips topped 23,876 compared to 7,841 trips made during the same period last year. The number of passengers using the Red Line during the first quarter of this year amounted to 26,138,923 passengers, compared to 21,803,705 passengers lifted during the same period last year. The total number of users of the Green Line in the first quarter of this year soared to 14,517,055 riders compared to 11,537,390 riders last year.”
Al Ali said: “Al Fahidi Station on the Green Line came first during the first quarter of 2014 recording a ridership of 1,657,650 passengers, followed by Bani Yas Station with 1,609,747 passengers, and in the third place came Al Ghubaiba Station recording 1,207,237 passengers, ahead of Oud Metha Station ranking fourth with ridership as much as 1,054,012 passengers.”
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