More than 91 million passengers used Dubai Metro, Tram, public buses in first quarter of 2017

DUBAI — The Rail Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, confirmed that the Dubai Metro comprising the Red and Green Lines carried 51.371 million passengers during the first quarter of this year, compared with 49.913 million during the first quarter of last year, recording a three percent increase.

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 a growth rate of nearly 20 percent.

Mohammed Al Mudharreb, Director of Rail Operation, RTA, reiterated RTA’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,” he said.

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.

“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. 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,” noted Basel Saad Ibrahim, Director of Buses, RTA Public Transport Agency, “The RTA is working to complement the public transport network in the Emirate to further enhance the strategic drive of the RTA to reduce the use of private vehicles and augment the use of mass transit means to make it the ideal mobility choice in Dubai. The RTA endeavours to push the share of public transport in people’s mobility to 30 percent. This share has grown from 6 percent in 2006 to 15 percent in 2015 and reached 24 percent 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. The public are, therefore, invited to use mass transit means to conserve the environment and maintain the public health standards,” Saad added.

Source: Emirates News Agency