By Staff www.emirates247.com
More than 332 million passengers used public transport, comprising the Dubai Metro, buses, marine transport and taxis, in Dubai last year, according to latest RTA figures.
In 2009 the number was about 288.777 million passengers, according to a report in ‘Gulf Today’.
Meanwhile, the average number of daily riders was 957,000 in 2010 compared to 800,000 people during 2009. These numbers are expected to further increase as the Green Line becomes operational in August.
“The number of public bus users in 2010 was 113 million, with a daily ridership of about 314,000 passengers. The number of passengers using marine transit means, comprising abras and water bus, was about 15.35 million, with abras ferrying about 42,000 passengers per day and water about 877,000 per day using water bus.
The Dubai Metro transported about 38.888 million passengers in 2010, with its average daily ridership currently hovering around 149,000 passengers.
Taxis in Dubai clocked about 225,500 trips per day serving about 451,000 people. Total number of taxi trips in 2010 was 82.3 million helping 164.7 million passengers.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA, said: “The use of public transportation effectively reduces environmental pollution.”