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Dubai public transport passengers tops 262mn in H1

Share expected to hit 14% by the end of this year

The number of riders using the Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines over the past six months amounted to 81,403,876 riders.
The number of riders using the Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines over the past six months amounted to 81,403,876 riders.

The number of riders using public transport in Dubai – the metro, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis - in the first half of this year topped 262.569mn, compared to about 165,527,687 during the same period last year.

The share of public transport grew from 6% in 2006 to 13% in 2013 and is expected to hit 14% by the end of this year.

Explaining the breakdown of ridership, H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the Board and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said: "The number of riders using the Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines over the past six months amounted to 81,403,876 riders compared to 67,101,316 riders recorded during the same period last year.

"The number using the Red Line in the first half of this year clocked 51,799,232 passengers compared to 43,552,110 passengers during the first half of last year. The number using the Green Line during the first six months of this year reached 29,604,644 compared to 23,549,206 during the same period last year.”

Deira City Centre, Burj Khalifa, Union and Al Riqqa stations accounted for the majority of the Red Line ridership. Deira City Centre Station was the most popular recording 3,655,016 riders, closely followed by Burj Khalifa Station (3,446,410), slightly ahead of the Union Station (3,400,949), and Rigga Station (3,256,112).

As for the Green Line, Al Fahidi, Baniyas and Al Ghubaiba sations accounted for the majority of riders where Al Fahidi Station was used by about 4mn, followed by Baniyas Station (3,782,988) riders and Al Ghubaiba Station (2,818,597).

"The number of riders using public buses during the first half of this year amounted to 67,598,035, which compares well with the bus ridership reported during the same period last year amounting to 56,256,678,” said Al Tayer.

“Dubai bus service was the most popular service attracting 45,899,235; followed by the metro stations feeder bus service which lifted 11,720,647; Inter-City bus service which lifted 6,810,457; and the rest spread over car rental service for organisations and firms.”

The marine transit means, comprising abras, water bus, water taxi, Ferry Dubai, lifted 7.182mn riders - abras were used by 6,643,290, the water bus by 294,312, Dubai Ferry by 52,848 and the water taxi by 11,376 riders.

Taxis operating in Dubai made 53,282,652 journeys lifting 106,565,304 riders.

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