More than 296 million people have used Dubai public transport this year

The Dubai Metro leads the charge accounting for 34% in the first half of this year

More than 296 million people have used Dubai public transport this year

Residents and visitors to the city are making full use of Dubai’s public and shared transport, as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed nearly 300 million people have travelled on them already this year.

More than 296 million riders have used public, shared transport and taxis, with the Dubai Metro leading the charge accounting for 34 percent of the total number of travellers.

Compared to 2018, RTA has shown a growth of 6.5 percent from the same time last year, which was 277.91 million riders.

On a daily basis, it means there are around 1.6 million travellers taking the Dubai Metro, trams, taxis, public buses and more forms of transport. We could see that average go up as we get closer to the end of the year.

“March was the busiest month during the first half of the year attracting about 53.198 million riders of public transport means,” said director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA HE Mattar Al Tayer.

“January was the second busiest month recording 51.668 million riders, and the monthly average number of riders during the remaining four months ranged between 50 and 45 million riders.”

RTA recorded a breakdown of transport figures for March, with 18.1 million riders using the Dubai Metro, 15.7 million using taxis, 14.3 million on public buses, 3.2 million using shared transport (e-Hail and Smart Car Rental), 1.3 million that use marine transit modes, and 555,000 riders using the tram service.

As for the busiest stations on the Dubai Metro line, the two interchange stations of the Metro Red and Green lines, Burjuman and Union Stations, take the top spots. Burjuman Station has had 6.348 million riders, and the Union Station has received 5.359 million riders.

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