Public transport

Public transport popularity grows in Dubai

There has been an 11 per cent increase in the popularity of public transport among residents and visitors to Dubai. According to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), nearly 337 million journeys were recorded in the first half of 2023, up from just 304.6 million in the same period last year.

March 2023 was found to be the busiest month with 60 million passengers transported, while the average for other months ranged from 53 to 58 million, with around 1.86 million people using public transport daily.

This figure includes Dubai Metro, tram, city buses, marine transport (abra, ferry, water taxi, water bus), taxis and rental smart cars. Meanwhile, metro and taxi – became the most popular modes of transport, getting 36.5% (123.4 million people) and 29% (96.2 million people) respectively.

The busiest station on the Metro’s Red Line was Al Rigga with 5.4 million passengers, followed by Mall of the Emirates with 5.2 million, and Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall in third place with 4.7 million passengers. On the Green Line, Sharaf DG station ranked first in terms of passenger traffic with 4.4 million, second was Baniyas with 3.8 million and third was Stadium with 3 million.

Buses accounted for 83 million passengers (24.5% of total journeys) and tram used by 4.3 million people. Maritime modes of transport carried a total of 9.1 million passengers.

Improving and expanding road networks, crossings and public transport modes, improving traffic conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, and upgrading transport infrastructure in general make Dubai’s public transport not only the most accessible but also the most convenient in the world.

Source: ArabianBusiness

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