By Staff writer
Transport authority reports 4.6% increase in passengers in first six months of 2016 compared to year-earlier period
More than 70 million people rode on public buses in Dubai in the first half of 2016, according to the emirate's transport authority.
The Road and Transport Authority's (RTA) Public Transport Agency reported a total of 70,732,502 riders, compared to 66,703,583 during the same period in 2015, a rise of 4.6 percent.
Bassel Saad Ibrahim, director of buses, RTA's Public Transport Agency, said: "The increase of public bus users in Dubai emirate, which witnesses steady growth, is indicative of the spreading culture of using public transport among various community segments.
"Such a trend is attributed to RTA's endeavours to operate robust and spacious buses with accurate timings, and integrated with other mass transit modes such as the metro, tram, and marine transit modes."
He also cited the growing number of air-conditioned bus shelters in the city which total about 100.
The RTA is aspiring to raise the share of public transport means in people's mobility to 30 percent by 2030, after rising from 6 percent in 2006 to 15 percent in 2015.
The RTA's public bus fleet has 1,541 buses including 347 articulated buses, 170 double-deck buses and 24 intercity buses.