The number of commuters in Dubai particularly those using public transportation like taxis, buses, marine transport and the metro posted a new record arriving at 262.569 million from the first six months, compared to last year’s 165,527,687.
According to chairman of the Board and executive director of Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the stake of public transport increased from 6% in 2006 to 13% in 2013 and is likely to hit 14% by the end of this year.
The total number of passengers using the Dubai Metro Lines in the first half of the year reached to 81,403,876 compared to 67,101,316 riders recorded during the same period last year. The figures account to the 51,799,232 passengers of the Red Line and 29,604,644 passengers of the Green Line compared to last year’s 43,552,110 and 23,549,206 respectively.
The stations on the Red Line namely Deira City Center Station was recorded with the most numbered passengers of 3,655.016 not far from Burj Khalifa Station’s record of 3,446,410, followed by the Union Station with 3,400,949 riders, and Rigga Station with 3,256,112. Regarding the stations on the Green Line, Al Fahidi was on lead with 4 million passengers, next is Baniyas Station with 3,782,988 riders and Al Ghubaiba Station with a record of 2,818,597.
As for the public buses, this year’s first six months recorded 67,598,035 users compared to 56,256,678 last year. The bus service was the most popular among the other public transportations drawing 45,899,235; while the feeder bus service in metro stations amounted to 11,720,647; the Inter-City bus service covered 6,810,457 passengers; and the remaining accounts to car rental service for companies.
The marine transit like the water taxis were used by 11,376 riders, ferry Dubai by 52,848, abras by 6,643,290, and water bus by 294,312 for a total of 7.182 million passengers for the first half of this year.
Furthermore, Dubai taxis got a record of 53,282.652 travels and were used by 106,565,304 passengers for the first six months.