The Roads & Transport Authority – Mohammed Al Munji: His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), revealed that the public transport means of the RTA, which span the Dubai metro, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis (Dubai Taxi only), have lifted in 2011 more than 346.5 million passengers compared with 332 million passengers lifted in 2010, according to the recent figures released by RTA’s Statistics Section.
The average number of daily riders of public transport means reached 963 thousand passengers whereas the figure was in the range of 922 thousand passengers in 2010.
“In keeping with the drive to enhance the integration of public transport modes as outlined in RTA’s Strategic Plan, which is aligned with the Dubai Strategic Plan (Infrastructure Sector) aimed at providing an integrated roads & transport system that ensures smooth traffic flow & high safety levels to all users, the RTA has been endeavouring to upgrade the mass transit systems to make them the ideal choice of people in the Emirate.
These efforts come in implementation of RTA strategic objective of minimizing the use of private vehicles and maximizing the use of public transit means (including taxis) from 13% in 2006 to 30% in 2030. In 2010 this rate reached 15% and in the middle of last year it jumped to 19%,” said Al Tayer.
“The Dubai Metro comprising the Red and Green Lines, has lifted more than 69 million passengers in 2011. The number of commuters who used the Red Line reached 60.024 million passengers, and the number of commuters who used the Green Line, which has been launched on 09/09/2011, reached 8.982 million passengers, thus the daily ridership of the metro currently exceeds 191 thousand passengers. The total ridership of public buses in 2011 reached 107.407 million passengers making an average of about 298 thousand passengers per day.
The total ridership of marine transit modes, which include abras, water bus and water taxi, reached about 14.221 million passengers where abras ferried 13.8 million passengers, water bus lifted 371 thousand passengers and the water taxi lifted about 13 thousand passengers, thus the average daily ridership of marine transit modes is about 39,500 passengers per day. More info