56m passengers use public buses in H1 2010
In a statement released by the Roads & Transport Authority, Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director, said that approximately 56 million passengers commuted on public buses in the first half of this year, and forecasted a rise to 119 million passengers by the end of 2010.
He added that there was a 62% increase in bus punctuality, coupled with a drop in accidents to 1 per hundred thousand kilometres.
Al Tayer said: “Results of public bus service operational indicators revealed that in the first half of this year, the bus ridership increased to about 56 million passengers transported in 1.8 million journeys. Of whom 44 million used domestic bus routes operating over 80 domestic routes.”
About seven million passengers used intercity buses, which operate over 13 routes covering the main cities of the UAE. The number of commuters using feeder buses at metro stations amounted to approximately 4.8 million.
Al Tayer added: “RTA strategy has succeeded in improving the performance of public bus service, increasing bus operational efficiency and reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs.”
He also announced that in August of this year, RTA would be opening two bus depots at Al Khawaneej and Jebel Ali.
Al Tayer said that these projects were part of a comprehensive plan developed by the RTA to enable bus mass transit systems to attract additional numbers of passengers, with the aim of reducing traffic bottlenecks.