Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed the number of riders on public transport in Dubai last year clocked in at 594, a record increase from 2018’s 589 million travellers.
When broken down, the daily average of public transport riders in Dubai amounted to 1.63 million riders in 2019, also beating last year’s numbers at 1.61 million.
The modes of transport that were recorded included Dubai metro, tram, public buses, marine transport (abra, ferry, water taxi, water bus), e-hail vehicles, smart car rental vehicles, and taxis (Dubai Taxi and franchise companies).
March last year was the busiest of all months recording 53.28 million people, while December was the next which saw 53 million riders. As for the other months, the average ranged from 45 to 52 million.
“Dubai Metro accounted for the biggest chunk of riders of public transport, shared mobility and taxi riders amounting to 34 percent, ahead of taxis at 30 percent followed by public buses at 26 percent,” said director-general at RTA His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer.
Dubai Metro’s Red and Green Lines reached 202.98 million riders, with Burjuman and Union stations, interchange stations on the Red and Green Lines, making for biggest share of riders.
Burjuman Station served 12.76 million riders, while Union Station was used by 10.6 million riders.
Speaking of transport, let it be known the Dubai Metro red line timings have been changed on Friday, due to work for Expo 2020.