Public transport modes in Dubai comprising the metro, tram, buses, abras, ferry, water taxi, water bus, Dubai Taxi and franchise taxi companies carried a total of 551.7 million riders in 2017 according to Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). This ridership figure denotes an increase over the 543.6 million riders recorded in 2016.
The daily ridership of all public transport modes in Dubai touched 1.511 million riders in 2017.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), noted: “Dubai Metro has taken the largest slice of public transport commuters, accounting for 36%, followed by taxis at 32% and public buses at 28%. March 2017 recorded the highest number of commuters where 49.065 million riders were lifted.”
The breakdown per public transport mode in 2017 was as follows:
- Dubai Metro: 18.003 million riders
- Dubai Tram: 561,000 riders
- Buses: 13.534 million riders
- Marine transit means: 1.288 million riders
- Taxis: 15.677 million riders
“December 2017 was the second busiest month where ridership clocked 48.857 million riders. The number of riders was similar in January, April, May, October and November 2017 at an average of 47 million riders per month. In the remaining months of 2017, the total number of riders ranged from 40 to 43 million riders,” said Al Tayer.
In 2017, Dubai Metro (both Red and Green Lines) lifted 200.075 million riders compared with 191.3 million riders in 2016. The Red Line saw a healthy growth in 2017, clocking 128.054 million riders compared with 121.6 million riders in 2016. The Green Line lifted 72.021 million riders in 2017 compared with 69.7 million riders in 2016.BurJuman and Union metro stations accounted for the biggest chunk of riders with BurJuman station recording 12.45 million riders, and Union station clocking 10.979 million riders.
On the Red Line, Al Rigga station was the busiest station (9.335 million riders) followed by Deira City Centre station (7.709 million riders), ahead of Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station (7.596 million riders).
On the Green Line, Al Fahidi station was the busiest station (8.137 million riders), followed by Baniyas station (6.647 million riders), and the third busiest station was Stadium station (5.757 million riders).
Dubai Tram lifted 6.023 million riders in 2017 compared with 5.4 million riders in 2016. Public bus ridership recorded 155.032 million riders in 2017 compared with 151.1 million riders in 2016.
Marine transport means (abras, waterbus, water taxi and Dubai Ferry) were used by 13.076 million riders in 2017, which is almost the same number of riders as recorded in 2016.
Taxis in Dubai, comprising Dubai Taxi and franchise companies, carried about 175 million riders in 2017.
“The public transport network in Dubai has become the backbone of people’s mobility all over the city. The share of public transport in the mobility of people has leapfrogged from 6% in 2006 to 17% in 2017. The RTA is endeavouring to push the share of public transport to 20% by 2020, and 30% by 2030,” added Al Tayer.