Dubai Metro carried 1.5 billion passengers since its opening, in 2009, when the Red Line entered into services comprising 52 km served by 29 stations, of which 4 underground, 24 elevated stations. Exactly two years later, in 2011, the Green Line was opened, extending 23 km and comprising of 18 stations, with 6 underground, and 12 elevated. The two lines intersect at the Union and Burjuman stations.
Performance indicators of the Dubai Metro over the past decade reveal very high operational standards. The on-time departures of the metro service clocked 99.7%. From the start of operation till the end of August 2019, the metro completed 2.348 million journeys and covered about 81.133 million km.
The number of metro riders soared from about 39 million passengers in 2010 to as much as 69 million riders in the following year. With the launch of the Green Line of Dubai Metro in September 2011, the metro riders rocketed to 109 million riders in 2012. The ridership continued to hit new heights and in 2015 it reached 179 million riders, and by the end of 2018 it broke the two-hundred-million barrier, reaching to 204 million riders. Currently, Dubai Metro serves about 650 thousand commuters daily; a record that significantly surpasses the number forecasted in studies commissioned at the design phase of the project,” said Director-General of RTA.
“The huge successes of Dubai Metro have gone far and wide beyond the realms of the Emirate. The metro has embellished the global profile of Dubai as a splendid metropolis, business hub, and a destination for a fancy living environment. The metro is a gorgeous addition to Dubai’s iconic landmarks and uses state-of-the-art technology of the rail industry. Furthermore, it has carved a niche for itself as the world’s longest driverless metro network,” said Mattar Al Tayer, said.
“From the start of the metro operation in September 2009 to the end of August 2019, about 6.298 billion transactions have been made using nol cards. Transactions covered entry/exit from metro stations, buses, taxis and marine transport as well as payment of parking fees, and card top-ups. The daily use of nol cards is on the rise and has grown to 2.511 million transactions. The total number of nol cards, tickets amounted to 75.588 million cards, tickets.
Dubai Metro is part of RTA’s strategic objective of raising the share of public transport in the total number of mobility journeys to 26% by 2030. Public transport share started to make incremental growth starting from 6% in 2006 till reaching 17.5% in 2018, recording a cumulative growth rate of about 9.3% per annum.
Currentlt, RTA is implementing the Route 2020, with an estimated capacity of 46,000 riders per hour in both directions and is expected to reach 125 thousand riders per day in 2020. And the number is set to rise to 275 thousand riders per day by 2030.
Dubai Metro extends 75 km, 52 km on the Green Line and 23 km on the Green Line. The metro route is partly underground, in downtown areas, and the rest is an elevated track. There are 79 trains available for the metro service in total. Trains in service are 51 trains on the Red Line and 16 trains on the Green Line.
The design capacity of the metro network is 26,000 riders per hour per direction in both the Red and Green Lines. By 2020, the Dubai Metro is anticipated to serve about 700,000 riders per day, 255 million riders per annum.