The public transport in Dubai transported around 165,527,687 riders in the first half of 2013. These statistics were revealed by HE Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the Board and executive director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA). The modes of transport include Dubai Metro, public buses, marine transit modes, and taxicabs.
“RTA’s Strategic Plan is focused on integrating public transit means, which is aligned with the Dubai Strategic Plan. This is aimed at providing an integrated roads and transport system in order to ensure a smooth traffic flow. This drive also echoes the strategic objectives of the RTA vis-à-vis reducing the use of private vehicles and increasing use of public transit means from six percent in 2009 to 30% in 2030, and this rate has almost hit 12% in 2012,” said Al Tayer.
The number of riders using the Dubai Metro Red Line over the last six month has topped 43,552,110 riders at a rate exceeding seven million riders per month, whereas the number of riders using the metro Green Line during the same period clocked 23,549,206 riders at a rate of about four million riders per month.
“Marine transit modes (abras, water bus, water taxi, Dubai Ferry) served combined 6,823,183 passengers during the first half of this year,” said Al Tayer. Explaining the breakdown he said that abras served 6,466,243 riders, water bus lifted 304,134 riders, Dubai Ferry served 42,154 riders, and the water taxi was used by 10,652 riders.