HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has revealed a growth in the number of riders using mass transit means (Metro, public buses, marine transit means and taxis) in Dubai during the first half of this year.
Al Tayer stated that the total public transport ridership during this period has hit 271.302 million riders compared with 262.569 million riders during the same period of 2014.
“The number of metro riders on both the Red and Green Lines over the last six months topped 88,252,034 riders; compared with 81,403,876 riders during the same period last year. The number of riders using the Red Line during the first half of this year clocked 55,783,626 riders, up from the figure recorded during the same period last year which was 51,799,232 riders. Equally the ridership of the Green Line jumped from 29,604,644 riders in the first half of 2014 to 32,468,408 riders in the first half of this year. Deira City Center, Al Rigga, Union, Burjuman and Burj Khalifa-Dubai Mall stations have accounted for the lion share in the ridership of the Red Line. Deira City Center Station has been used by 3,640,354 riders, followed by Al Rigga Station which served 3,614,141 riders. Next came the Union Station recording 3,557,000 riders, ahead of Burjuman Station which received 3,500,000 riders and Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall Station which was used by 3,392,219 riders.
“In the Green Line of the Dubai Metro, Al Fahidi and Baniyas Stations accounted for the largest number of metro riders where Al Fahidi Station was used by 3,600,000 riders, Baniyas Station was used by 3,200,600 riders, and Al Ghubaiba Station was used by 2,452,000 riders. The Dubai Tram was used by 1,552,756 riders during the first half of this year.
“The number of public bus riders during the first half of this year amounted to 66,500,269 riders and the Dubai Bus service accounted for the largest number of riders recording 44,089,924 riders, followed by the Metro Stations Feeder Service which lifted 13,440,291 riders, and third came the Intercity Bus Service which was used by 5,962,217 riders. Remaining riders were served by Bus Rental Service to public and private entities.
“The marine transit modes, comprising abras, water bus, water taxi and Dubai Ferry, have lifted during the first half of this year 7,492,529 riders where the number of Abra riders alone clocked 7,171,509 riders, whereas the Water Bus lifted 249,911 rider, Dubai Ferry served 56,568 riders and the Water Taxi offered services to 14,541 riders. Taxicabs operating in Dubai (Dubai Taxi and franchise taxi companies) have made 53,572,397 trips during the first six months of this year lifting 107,504,794 riders. The Dubai Taxi Corporation has lifted the biggest chunk of these riders by operating about 23,172,122 trips serving about 46,344,244 riders,” explained Al Tayer.
Al Tayer expressed his delight with the sustained growth in the annual public transport ridership; which, he says, emulates the strategic drive of the RTA aimed at reducing the use of private vehicles and augmenting the use of public transit means rendering them the first mobility choice in the Emirate of Dubai. He noted that the RTA was endeavoring to raise the share of public transport means to as much as 30% by 2030, and had succeeded in raising this share from 6% in 2006 to 14% in 2014, and anticipated such rate would hit 15% by the end of 2015.