594 million passengers used mass or joint transport in Dubai in 2019
Posted: 10 February 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The daily average number of users of mass transportation and taxi vehicles also increased to 1.63 million compared to 1.61 million in 2018.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that the number of users of mass transportation and joint transportation in Dubai in 2019 – the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public transport buses, and marine transportation, electronic reservation vehicles, smart rental vehicles and taxis – reached approximately 594 million passengers, compared to 589 million passengers in 2018.
His Excellency Mattar Mohamed Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, said: “The Dubai Metro acquired the largest number of users of mass transportation and joint transportation and taxis, at a rate of 34 per cent, and taxis came second by 30 per cent, and public transport buses came third by 26 per cent. March of 2019 recorded the highest rate in the number of passengers, as more than 53.28 million passengers were transported, and December came second with 53 million passengers, and the number of passengers in the remaining months ranged between 52 and 45 million passengers.
“The number of Dubai Metro users in the Red and Green Line reached 202.98 million passengers in 2019. Dubai tram transported 6.51 million passengers, while public transportation buses transported 157.1 million passengers, and the number of users of maritime transport that includes abras, water bus, water taxi and Ferry Dubai last year reached 14.36 million passengers. Joint transportation – electronic reservation vehicles and smart leasing – transported 33.24 million passengers, while taxi vehicles in Dubai, which included Dubai Taxi, Hala Taxi and franchise companies, transported 179.86 million passengers.”
The results are said to confirm the effectiveness of the plans and programmes implemented by the authority to provide various alternatives for the movement of residents in Dubai. Al Tayer said: “The mass transportation system in Dubai, whose components are complementary with each other, has become the backbone of the movement of population movement in various regions of the Emirate of Dubai. This system has succeeded in bringing about a change and development in the culture of the population with its various segments towards the use of public transportation, as the population begins to realise the benefits and advantages of using mass transportation.”