The number of commuters using public transport means (metro, public, buses, water transport and taxis) clocked 207.48 million during the first half of 2012. This was reported by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) and compares well with the number recorded in the first half of 2011 amounting to 180,544,372 passengers.
“The RTA has been fully focused on improving mass transit systems to make them the first choice of mobility for commuters,” said Al Tayer. He added that such a drive contributed to the realization of a strategic objective of the RTA; which targets minimizing the use of private vehicles and augmenting the use of mass transit means from 6% in 2009 to 30% in 2030; whereas the rate prevailing in 2011 was 10%.
“The number of commuters using the Dubai Metro (Red and Green Lines) during the past six months hit 53,043,900 passengers, compared to 28,986,110 passengers during the same period last year. January, March and May recorded the highest number of users of the Red Line of Dubai Metro at a rate of six million users per month, while March, April and May recorded the highest number of users on the Green Line of Dubai Metro at a rate of three million users per month.”
The number of passengers using public buses during the first half of this year amounted to 53,539,895 passengers compared with 54,077,652 passengers who used public buses during the same period in 2011. Marine transit modes, which include abras, Water Bus, Water Taxi and Ferry Dubai lifted in the first half of this year 6,898,644 passengers; where abras were used by 6,678,798 passengers, Water Bus commuted 174,269 passengers, Ferry Dubai lifted 28,792 passengers and the Water Taxi served 6,785 passengers.