By Andy Sambidge
Transport authority says on track to increase usage to 30% of residents by 2030
More than 207 million passengers used public transport in Dubai during the first half of 2012, the emirate's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed on Saturday.
The number represents an increase of nearly 27 million passengers on the same period last year, Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA said.
The figure includes usage of the Dubai Metro, buses, water transport and taxis.
"The RTA has been fully focused on improving mass transit systems to make them the first choice of mobility for commuters in the emirate," said Al Tayer in a statement.
He added that the RTA was aiming to increase the use of public transport from six percent of people in 2009 to 30 percent in 2030.
The rate in 2011 was 10 percent, the RTA said.
Al Tayer said the number of commuters using the Dubai Metro (Red and Green Lines) during the past six months exceeded 53 million, compared to nearly 30 million passengers during the same period last year.
January, March and May recorded the highest number of users on the Red Line at a rate of six million per month, while March, April and May recorded the highest number of users on the Green Line at a rate of three million users per month.
The number of passengers using buses during the first half of this year totalled 53.5 million compared with 54 million during the same period in 2011.
The RTA said marine transit modes, which include abras, water bus, water taxi and Ferry Dubai, lifted a total of nearly 6.9 million passengers in H1 while taxis made 47.6 million trips lifting about 94 million passengers.
"The huge investments made by the Dubai Government for the sake of developing the infrastructure of the transport sector have proved both successful and effective," added Al Tayer.