By Neeraj Gangal
Statistics reveal over 43,351 passengers used RTA's Water Bus in June this year.
Over 43,351 passengers were ferried in 11,100 trips by the Water Bus operated by the Road and Transport Agency's (RTA) Marine Transport Agency in June this year, according to statistics recently released by the Agency.
Newswire WAM quoted Husain Ali Al Saffar, Director of Operation and Maintenance Dept at RTA's Marine Agency as saying “June 2009 statistics show an increase of 12,052 passengers of the waterbus compared to the same month last year”. He added that fare collection was either in cash or through a prepaid card, offering a 10% discount.
Al Saffar noted that the Water Bus performance indicator during June 2009 shows improvement compared to the same period last year.
The number of passengers on the line between Bur Dubai station and Sabkha station in June this year hit 5908 passengers compared to 3147 passengers in June last year. Average ridership on the line from January to the end of June this year was 4996 passengers compared to 3510 passengers for the same period last year.
The indicator shows a growth rate of 88% in the number of passengers on this line compared to the same period last year, a 68% increase in the monthly average of passengers compared to the monthly average last year, and a growth rate of 18% in the number of passengers compared to the monthly average last year.
Similar improvements were seen on the B2 line between Dubai Old Souk station and Bani Yas station and the B3 line from Seef station to Bani Yas station and Sabkha station. Al Saffar added that the B4 line, which was launched in the second week of May 2009 linking Bur Dubai station, Sabkha station, Seef station, and Creek Park station.
"RTA Board of Directors chaired by HE Mattar Al Tayer approved in last March a fare of AED4 per round trip during a single day, and the Board also endorsed B4 line (Creek Park, Seef, Bur Dubai); which was launched in the second week of May 2009", Al Saffar added.
He noted that the Water Bus project is one of the key projects undertaken by Marine Agency which aim at upgrading marine transport systems that are safe and integrated with other modes of transport such as trains, taxis and buses, with the aim of supporting public transport modes and contributing to easing traffic congestion in Dubai as well as neighbouring emirates, according to WAM.
Just under 4 passengers per trip! Where can I buy shares - gotta get in on that action!