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Dubai buses see 1% occupancy rise

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has reported a 1% increase in the number of commuters taking the Dubai bus in 2011 to 41% seat occupancy, compared with the previous year, Gulf News has reported. "This rate is considered relatively high considering the lifetime of public transit systems in the emirate as bus seats occupancy in countries that have long history in public transport systems is 25% in Sweden, 30% in Finland, 32% in Japan and goes higher to hit 45% in the UK, 55% in Belgium, and 58% in Austria, for instance," said RTA chairman, Mattar Al Tayer.