Dubai transport authority chief hails increase in riders on city's public transport during first six months of 2018
Nearly 278 million people used public transport in Dubai during the first six months of 2018, up from 275 million in the year earlier period, it was revealed on Saturday.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the figure translates into a current daily average of 1.5 million riders on the city's metro, tram, buses and marine transit as well as taxis.
Dubai Metro accounted for the biggest share of publictransport users (37.1 percent), followed by taxis (31.6 percent), and public buses (27.4 percent).
The Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines lifted 103.2 million riders during the first half of this year, almost 3 million more than a year ago. The Red Line accounted for 66.8 million and the Green Line served 36.43 million.
The Dubai Tram ridership clocked 3.2 million riders; almost the same number reported last year, the RTA said.
Interchange stations of the Dubai Metro lines received the largest number of riders with Burjuman Station and the Union Station the busiest.
During the first half of 2018, public buses served 76.3 million riders, while marine transport means ferried 7.1 million and 87.8 million riders used the Dubai Taxi service.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of RTA, said he was delighted with the healthy growth of public transit means.
"The share of public transit means in peoples mobility has leapfrogged from 6 percent in 2006 to 16.4 percent in 2017. When adding taxis, the rate will jump to 25.8 percent. The plan is to sustain the growth of public transport ridership of the said four modes to 20 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.”For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.