Dubai Metro deploys more trains to meet demand

22 September 2009

Total daily passengers reaches 97,000 on first day of Eid festival

The Dubai Metro has deployed three new trains to cater for a surge in traffic during the Eid al-Fitr festival.

Passenger numbers on the Dubai Metro soared from 64,000 on 18 September, to 97,000 in a single day on 20 September, the first day of the festival.

To meet demand, Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) increased the number of trains on the Red Line service from 11 to 14.

The AED28bn ($7.6bn) metro, which opened on 10 September, has proved popular with residents.

However, the RTA admits that the popularity of the metro does not give a true indication of how many Dubai residents are actually using the train to commute. The weeks after Eid will give a clearer indication of passenger demand.

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