Dubai records growth in public transport usage

RTA announced the test run of first manned AAV earlier this year. Courtesy APCO Worldwide

RTA announced the test run of first manned AAV earlier this year. Courtesy APCO Worldwide

According to the Roads and Transport Authority, an average of 1.5m people use the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public buses, marine transport - including water taxis, ferries, abras and buses - and taxis daily.

More than 275m trips have been made on Dubai's public transport in the first half of the year.

Dubai Metro proved to be the most popular mode of transport, making up some 36 per cent of the journeys superseding taxis which made up nearly 32 per cent. The Dubai Metro Red Line accounted for an estimated 64.4 million riders, while the Green Line accounted for the rest.

Earlier in June, RTA said it had signed an agreement with Germany's Volocopter company, an autonomous air vehicles manufacturer, to launch a trial operation of autonomous air taxis in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Meanwhile the Dubai Tram transported 3.087 million commuters - also up from 2.535 million during the same period past year.

Marine transit modes transported 6.638 million passengers between January to July, while taxis lifted 87.79 million passengers during the period.

"The public transport means have now become the backbone of people mobility in various parts of Dubai, and the preferred transit option for a huge segment of Dubai residents and visitors", said Mattar Al Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the RTA.

"The huge and diverse projects undertaken by the RTA have contributed to the sustained increase in public transport ridership that has leapfrogged from 6 percent in 2006 to 16 percent in 2016, and if we add taxis, the share would shoot to as high as 24 percent. RTA is endeavoring to push the share of public transport (metro, tram, buses, and water transport) to 20 percent by 2020, and 30 percent by 2030", explained Al Tayer.

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