Dubai’s RTA says 296 million used public transport in H1 2019

The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) report showed a 6.5% growth compared to the same period last year

March 2019 was the busiest month during H1 2019.
March 2019 was the busiest month during H1 2019.

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has released statistics showing that 296 million people used public transport and taxis in Dubai during the first half of 2019.

The results from RTA’s H1 report showed a 6.5% growth in public transport users in comparison to the same period last year, rising from 277.9m to 296m.

Dubai’s metro line accounted for the highest number of public and shared transport users amounting to 34%, followed by taxis at 30%, and public buses at 27%.

Commenting on the figures, RTA’s director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, HE Mattar Al Tayer, said that March was the busiest month during the first half of the year attracting around 53.2 million riders through public transport means.

“People started to grasp the benefits of using public transport such as peace of mind, physical relief, higher safety and lower expenses on cars. The figures achieved confirm this concept as the ratio of trips using public and shared transport has almost tripled from 6% in 2006 to 17.5% in 2018 with a compound annual growth of about 9.3%,” said Al Tayer.

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