Dubai Public Transport Records 702 Million Users In 2023

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has announced impressive growth in public transport usage for 2023, marking a 13% increase compared to the previous year. This translates to a staggering 702 million riders utilising various modes like the Metro, Tram, buses, marine transport, shared mobility, and taxis.

Dubai Metro Usage

  • Metro Reigns Supreme: The Dubai Metro remained the most popular choice, attracting 37% of all riders in 2023, up from 36% in 2022. 
  • The Red and Green Lines saw a combined 260 million passengers, a 15% increase year-on-year. 
  • Burjuman and Union stations recorded the highest foot traffic, serving 15 million and 11.9 million riders, respectively.

Dubai Buses and Trams Usage

Public buses witnessed a 10% rise in ridership with 173.5 million passengers, while the Dubai Tram saw an even higher 18% increase to 8.84 million passengers.

Dubai Shared Mobility Usage

Shared mobility options like e-hailing, smart car rentals, and Bus-On-Demand experienced a significant 34% growth, transporting 43.61 million passengers. This reflects a growing preference for convenient and flexible travel alternatives.

Dubai Marine Transport Usage

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Traditional abras, water buses, water taxis, and the Dubai Ferry maintained consistent ridership. It accounted for 17.43 million passengers in 2023, showing a 9% increase.

Dubai Taxi Usage

Taxis, including Dubai Taxi Company and franchise companies, continued to be a popular choice with 198.44 million passengers, marking an 8% increase over 2022.

RTA’s Efforts

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at the RTA, attributed this success to several factors:

  • The RTA has consistently invested in expanding and upgrading the public transport network. This includes the world’s longest driverless Metro network, the Dubai Tram, and extensive bus route expansions.
  • Dubai boasts a modern fleet of 1,400 buses adhering to strict Euro 6 emission standards, ensuring a cleaner and more sustainable commute.
  • The RTA offers a seamless network that integrates various modes, allowing for easy transfers and convenient travel across the city.

New Projects For 2024

The RTA’s commitment to public transport continues with the upcoming launch of the Dubai Metro Blue Line project in 2024. This ambitious project spans 30 kilometres and connects key areas. It promises to further enhance Dubai’s transportation infrastructure and cater to the growing population.

Overall, the 2023 Dubai Public Transport Usage Report shows a positive trend. This highlights the increasing popularity of sustainable and convenient travel options in the city. With ongoing investments and expansion plans, Dubai’s public transport network is poised for even greater in 2024.

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