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Dubai Metro doubles number of yearly users in 2yrs

RTA data shows 138m passengers used red and green lines in 2013, up from 69m in 2011

Dubai Metro doubles number of yearly users in 2yrs
A Dubai Metro train speeds past Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai on September 8, 2010. Dubai Metro may have altered the commuting scene in this car-loving city, but a year after the first train left the station winning over the hard-core motorists remains an uphill struggle. (AFP/Getty Images)

The number of passengers using the Dubai metro per year has almost doubled in two years with new figures showing 138m people travelled on the red and green lines in 2013.

The data, from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), comes as overall use of Dubai’s mass transit systems - comprising the Dubai Metro, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis – has surged by 27 percent from 346.5m passengers in 2011 to 440.67m in 2013.

TRA chairman and executive director, Mattar Al Tayer, said it reflected huge efforts by the authority to boost public transport use, State news agency WAM reported.

“The public transport systems in Dubai have today become instrumental in the mobility of people all over the Emirate and the RTA is making huge efforts to make these modes the first mobility choice for citizens, residents and visitors in their daily travels for work or having a time out,” Al Tayer said.

The figures showed average daily use of public transport in 2013 amounted to 1.3m passengers compared to 963,000 in 2011 – an increase of 34.99 percent.

The TRA said the red and green metro lines recorded a 99.65 percent increase in passengers from 69m passengers in 2011 to 137.76m in 2013.

The red line was used by the bulk of passengers, recording 89m riders compared to 48.87m passengers on the green line.

Al Tayer said public transport had risen from a 6 percent share of all transit options in Dubai in 2011 to 13 percent in 2013. The RTA has a target of 20 percent by 2020.

'The RTA managed to bring about a change and evolution in the culture and attitudes of all segments of the community towards using public transit means,” he said.

“Peoples have started to grasp the benefits and positives of using public transport such as the psychological and physical comfort, financial gains, higher safety, and lesser expenses associated with the use of vehicles such as fuel, maintenance and others.”

Al Tayer said the number of public transport users last year hit 115.67m compared to 107.8m riders in 2012.

On average  321,000 passengers used Dubai’s bus network daily, up from 299,000 in 2012.

Marine transit means, comprising abras, water bus, water taxi and Dubai Ferry, were used last year by 13.22m riders, the same as 2012. Of this, abras accounted for the lion share at 12m riders.

Al Tayer said total passengers for both Dubai Taxi and franchise companies was 174.02m riders last year compared to 137.39m in 2012.

However, public transport use is expected to further rise with the introduction in Q4 2014 of the Dubai Tram, serving vital communities such as the Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Media City and Knowledge Village.

The Tram will link with the Dubai Metro in the Dubai Marina as well as the Jumeirah Lakes Towers stations. It will also intersect with the Monorail of the Palm Jumeirah at the entrance of the Palm off Al Safouh Street.

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