Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will launch tomorrow (Wednesday, November 1, 2017) the 8th edition of its Public Transport Day initiative that also coincides with the RTA’s 12th anniversary.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said: “The Public Transport Day initiative has succeeded in realising its objectives. It has contributed to enhancing Dubai’s role in improving the environment, achieving sustainable development, encouraging the use of mass transit modes and raising the share of public transport by showcasing its benefits. The initiative also promotes the modern mass transit system offered by the RTA, including Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public transport buses and marine transport, as well as the integration of various transport means.”
“The 8th Public Transportation Day promises to have intense turnout from government bodies, educational institutions and the private sector. The RTA will also stage other events in line with the Dubai Fitness Challenge initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council.
“Events of the Public Transport Day are divided into three categories: The first is the most frequent riders of public transport means using the Nol card. The second is the public transport race, which starts on November 1 and will be open to all. Participants will be divided into teams moving through several metro, tram, public bus, and marine transport stations. Participants are required to perform some exercises upon arrival at each station. The third category is the golden runner competition, where participants have to follow the RTA’s social media sites to locate the golden runner who is visiting three RTA stations every day from October 23 to November 1,” said Al Tayer.
“The integrated mass transport system in Dubai, which includes Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, buses and marine transit modes, has become a major factor in moving people to various areas in Dubai. The number of mass transit users rocketed from 163 million in 2006 to 544 million 2016. As a result, the public transport share grew dramatically from 6% in 2006 to 16% in 2016, and the RTA plans to raise this rate to as much as 20% by 2020.
“Since the launch of the metro service on September 9, 2009, to the end of August 2017, the metro network has lifted 1.028 billion riders (689 million by the Red Line and 339 million by the Green Line). Public buses lifted 1.3 billion commuters from 2006 to 2016, while marine modes carried about 178 million riders during the same period,” elaborated Al Tayer.
“The RTA aims to make public transport the preferred choice for Dubai residents and visitors in their daily commute, be it to workplaces or leisure facilities. Plans aim at upgrading the infrastructure and efficiency of mass transit systems and expanding smart services offered to the public.
“One of the key mass transit projects to be implemented in the next five years is Route 2020 – the 15km extension of Dubai Metro’s Red Line from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station to Dubai Expo 2020 venue. Fifty new trains will be added to the Dubai Metro fleet: 15 to serve Expo 2020 and 35 to serve the existing lines to upgrade Dubai Metro services and keep pace with the rising growth of Dubai Metro ridership.
“The RTA also plans to expand the bus network to cover 16 new areas, besides improving services in 19 areas by 2020. It will also upgrade the marine transport system, which will witness significant growth upon completion of urban facilities on both banks of the Dubai Water Canal that links Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf,” concluded Al Tayer.
As part of the Public Transport Day initiative, the RTA has installed 10 air-conditioned bus shelters in Dubai Academic area.