Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed that average daily ridership of public transport means in Dubai clocked about 1.5 million riders; which compares well with the average of 1.475 million riders recorded in 2014 and about 1.3 million riders back in 2013.
Public transport in Dubai comprise Metro, Tram, buses and marine transit modes (abras, ferry, water taxi, water bus) last year.
In addition, the taxis (Dubai Taxi and franchise companies), have lifted in 2015 about 539.558 million riders compared with 531.350 million riders in 2014, according to the RTA’s statistics.
“December recorded the highest ridership rate of mass transit means with more than 48 million riders using public transport means.
“The breakdown of this number shows that 17.1 million riders used the Dubai Metro, 17.3 million riders used taxicabs, 11.8 million riders used buses, 1.4 million riders used marine transit modes, and 460,000 riders used the Dubai Tram.
“December 31st, the eve of the New Year’s day, recorded the highest number of daily riders recording 1,859,320 riders,” said Al Tayer.
Metro Red and Green lines lifted last year 178.647 million riders compared with 164.307 million riders in 2014 and about 137.759 million riders back in 2013.
The Red Line of the Dubai Metro saw a growing number of riders last year recording 112.7 million riders last year, compared with 104 million riders in 2014 and 89 million riders back in 2013.
The Green Line lifted 65.942 million riders last year, compared with 60.289 million riders in 2014, and 48.873 million riders back in 2013.
Last year, Dubai tram lifted 4.07 million riders.
RTA is also planning to broaden the coverage of public transport network to reach 16 new districts and improving the service in 19 others by 2020. It will also be focusing on upgrading marine transit modes, which are set to witness a breakthrough improvement in operations with the opening of the Dubai Water Canal linking the Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf.