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Dubai RTA carries over 90m passengers in Q1

DUBAI, 14 days ago

Mass transit systems of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) - comprising the Dubai Metro, public buses, taxis and trams - have lifted over 91 million passengers in the first quarter of the year, thus registering a solid growth in ridership.

Dubai Metro, which boasts the Red and Green Lines, carried 51.4 million passengers during the first three months, compared to 49.9 million for the same period last year, recording a three percent increase, stated the Rail Agency of the RTA.

During the first quarter of this year, the Dubai Tram served 1,601,076 passengers, compared with 1,338,601 during the first quarter of 2015 thus registering a growth rate of nearly 20 per cent.

Mohammed Al Mudharreb, the director of Rail Operation, RTA, reiterated the Authority's commitment to achieving the happiness of all community members, reflected in deploying safe, secure and robust transit means that are fitted with the best technology of the industry.

"The number of riders using public transport means, especially the metro, has seen a huge growth rate, thanks to diffusing the culture of using public transport means amongst community members. Public transport means offer smooth mobility to various destinations in the Emirate," remarked Al Mudharreb.

The Public Transport Agency confirmed that its public buses had transported 38,616,365 passengers during the first quarter of this year, compared with 37,654,468 during the same period last year. The figure indicates a growth rate of about 2.5 percent in bus travellers.

Basel Saad Ibrahim, the director of buses, RTA Public Transport Agency, said the sustained increase in the people travelling in public buses in Dubai is indicative of the growing culture of using public transport amongst various community segments.

"It underscores RTA’s keenness to provide solid and spacious buses offering accurate service integrated with other mass transit modes, such as the metro, tram and marine transport," stated Ibrahim.

"It is also attributable to the facilities associated with these transit modes such as stations and air-conditioned bus shelters across Dubai, including 100 smart air-conditioned shelters offering various smart services to the public. Such facilities contribute to raising customers’ satisfaction with the superb services offered by the RTA," he added.

The RTA said it was working to complement the public transport network in Dubai to further enhance its strategic drive to reduce the use of private vehicles and augment the use of mass transit means to make it the ideal mobility choice in Dubai.

According to Ibrahim, the RTA endeavours to push the share of public transport in people’s mobility to 30 per cent.

"This share has grown from six per cent in 2006 to 15 per cent in 2015 and reached 24 per cent in 2016 with the taxicab share. The public transport modes are the optimal means to ensure sustained transportation considering the massive number of vehicles on roads and the harmful gas emissions generated," he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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