More people than ever are using public transport in Dubai

Catching the bus Dubai

Were you one of the 1.5 million people who used public transport in Dubai today?

As the emirate marks its eight annual Car Free Day, more of us than ever are ditching our cars.

The emirates’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed last year 543.6 million of us rode the Metro, abras, etc, up on 539.5m riders in 2015.

Of those, 17.184m (35 per cent) caught the Metro and the busiest stations were transfer stations Burjuman and Union, with 11.6m and 10.5m riders respectively using them to travel on the Metro’s Red and Green lines.

Al-Rigga Station was the busiest on the Red Line (8.2m riders). On the Green Line, Al Fahidi Station was first with 7.945m.

Metro Dubai

Public transport use in Dubai is climbing steadily every year; in 2006, just six per cent of us used it, compared to 16 per cent in 2016. The RTA’s goal is to push this to 20 per cent by 2020.

Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the RTA, said: “People have started to grasp and feel the benefits associated with the use of mass transit means, such as the physical relief, peace of mind, financial saving, high safety, lower expenses of car usage in terms of fuel and maintenance.”

Ready to leave the car at home? Our simple guide to catching the bus could be just what you need!



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