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Dubai’s public transport users reach two million on the first day of Eid

More than 531.35m passengers used public transport in 2014 compared with 440m in 2013

The number of people using public transport in Dubai amounted to 1.8 million during the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

RTA says that the number of taxi users reached 491,494 people. Meanwhile, 382,365 people used the buses, 1,317 used marine transport, 405,045 used Dubai Metro and 16,016 used Dubai Tram.

Across the Red Line, Dubai Metro carried 258,232 people, while the number of Green Line passengers reached 146,813 people, reports UAE-based Aliqtisadi.

Nasser Hamad Bu Shehab, director of the RTA’s Strategic Planning Department, says: “The Authority has developed a comprehensive plan to manage traffic, services and public transportation within its preparations to mark Eid al-Fitr, as this period is the busiest time of year.”

More than 531.35m passengers used public transport in 2014 compared with 440m in 2013, RTA’s figures report.

Public transport represented 14 per cent of the total movement of the population in 2014, up from six per cent in 2006 and RTA is planning to increase this percentage to 20 per cent by 2020.