Dubai's RTA transported 278m passengers in H1 2018
Dubai Metro is the highest people mover in the emirate of Dubai in comparison to the buses and taxis
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said the public transport means in Dubai, UAE, carried a total of 277.91 million passengers during the first half of the year.
The figure shows a slight growth compared with those reported during the same period last year amounting to 275.24 million passengers.
It translates into a current daily average of 1.535 million passengers, said the statement from RTA.
RTA means of public transport includes the metro, tram, buses and marine transit means (abra, ferry, water taxi, water bus) as well as taxis (Dubai Taxi and franchise companies).
Dubai Metro has accounted for the biggest share of public transport users (37.17%), followed by taxis (31.61%), and public buses (27.48%). The Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines ferried 103.292 million commuters during the first half of this year compared to 100.558 million last year.
The Red Line accounted for 66.862 million commuters whereas the Green Line served a total of 36.43 million in the first six months.
The Dubai Tram service clocked 3.207 million almost the same number reported last year.
Interchange stations of the Dubai Metro lines received the largest number of passengers with Burjuman Station handling 6.369 million passengers and the Union Station a total of 5.488 million.
Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA, said: “The diverse and extensive projects undertaken by the RTA have contributed to the growth of public transport passengers. The share of public transit means (metro, tram, buses, marine modes) in people’s mobility has leapfrogged from 6% in 2006 to 16.4% in 2017.
“When adding taxis, the rate will jump to 25.8%. The plan is to sustain the growth of public transport ridership of the said four modes to 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2030,” he stated.
He further noted that the RTA’s concept of integrated mobility was an integral part of projects for widening roads networks, crossings, and improvements of public transport.
“Achieving smooth mobility also hinges on the use of sophisticated traffic and transport systems and the introduction of policies to curb the semi-total reliance on private vehicles by migrating people to the use of public transit means. Policies also include car-pooling, especially in Dubai where car ownership rate is one car per every two persons of the population,” he added.