Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed that its mass transit systems, which comprise the Dubai Metro, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis, transported more than 332 million passengers in 2010, compared to 289 million the year before.
It was also reported that the average number of daily riders was about 957,000 last year against 800,000 in 2009.
The RTA said that this number is likely to increase with the completion of the remaining metro stations on the Red Line, and the operation of the Green Line, which is scheduled for completion in August 2011.
"Targeting to realise multi-modal integration of mass transit systems as envisaged in the RTA Strategic Plan; which is aligned with the Dubai Strategic Plan (Infrastructure Sector) aimed at providing an integrated road and transport system that ensures smooth traffic flow and the highest levels of safety for all system users, RTA is making expeditious efforts to make the public transport means the ideal mobility choice for people in the emirate," said Mattar Al Tayer, executive director of the RTA.
He added that this would help to achieve the authority's target of raising the use of public transport from six per cent in 2009 to 30 per cent by 2020.
According to the RTA, last year's public transport share was about 11 per cent.