Dubai logs 165m using public transport in H1
Dubai, July 20, 2013
Over 165 million riders have used the public transport in Dubai during the first half of this year, said a senior official.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed the figures of the public transport that includes the Dubai Metro, public buses, marine transit modes, and taxicabs of the Dubai Taxi Corporation.
“In keeping with RTA Strategic Plan focused on integrating public transit means, which is aligned with the Dubai Strategic Plan for the infrastructure sector aimed at providing an integrated roads and transport system in order to ensure a smooth traffic flow and the highest safety levels for system users, the RTA has made every effort to revamp the public transport means to make them the ideal mobility choice of people in the emirate,” said Al Tayer.
“This drive also echoes one of the strategic objectives of the RTA to reduce the use of private vehicles and increase the use of public transit means from 6 per cent in 2009 to 30 per cent in 2030, and this rate has almost hit 12 per cent in 2012,” he said.
“The number of riders using the Dubai Metro Red Line over the last six month has topped 43 million at a rate exceeding 7 million riders per month, whereas the number of riders using the metro Green Line during the same period clocked 23 million riders at a rate of about 4 million riders per month,” explained Al Tayer.
He further added that number of public bus users during the period amounted to 56 million as compared to 53 million during the same period last year.
“Marine transit modes (abras, water bus, water taxi, Dubai Ferry) served combined 6 million passengers during the first half of this year,” said Al Tayer.
“Residents and visitors of the Emirate do grasp the benefits and advantages of using public transport means including the psychological and physical relief of riders, reducing traffic accidents, cutting expenses on fuel and maintenance of private vehicles, and avoiding the hassles of finding parking space, which is becoming a challenge facing most advanced cities worldwide,” concluded Al Tayer. - TradeArabia News Service