Dubai public transport ridership hits 275.77 million in the first half

Metro riders accounted for over a third of Dubai’s public transport ridership during the first half. (AFP)
Updated 05 August 2017
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Dubai public transport ridership hits 275.77 million in the first half

DUBAI: Metro riders accounted for over a third of Dubai’s public transport ridership during the first half, which rose to 275.77 million from 273.45 a year ago, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Saturday.
The figures translate to about 1.5 million daily commuters in Dubai’s public transport systems including the Dubai Metro, the Dubai Tram, buses, taxis and various marine transport modes, the RTA added.
“The public transport means have now become the backbone of people mobility in various parts of Dubai, and the preferred transit option for a huge segment of Dubai residents and visitors,” Mattar Al Al-Tayer, the RTA director-general and chairman, said in a statement.
During the six months to June, Dubai Metro’s Red Line — which runs between Rashidiya and Jebel Ali — serviced 64.37 million riders while 36.18 million commuters used the Green Line, which runs between Dubai Creek and Al Qusais.
The Dubai Tram recorded 3.08 million passengers in the first half, compared with the 2.53 million year-ago figures.
About 87.79 million passengers meanwhile took cabs — including those from the Dubai Taxi, the Hala Taxi as well as franchised taxis — during the first half, or about 3 percent higher than the 85.19 million registered during the same period of 2016.
Public buses served 77.69 million riders during the first half, up from 69.92 million a year ago, while marine transport services ferried 6.64 million passengers as of June.


Dubai has undertaken major projects to improve transport facilities, and has resulted in higher public transport ridership to 16 percent in 2016 from only about 6 percent a decade earlier.
“If we add taxis, the share would shoot to as high as 24 percent,” Al-Tayer said, and added that the emirate wanted to push the ridership to 20 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.
Dubai Metro’s Green line is undergoing a Dh10 billion, 15-kilometer extension in preparation for the emirate’s hosting of the Expo 2020 where an estimated 25 million visitors are expected to arrive for the event.
The seven-station extension is scheduled to enter into service in May 2020, five months before Expo 2020 opens.
“Achieving smooth and accessible mobility in the emirate hinges on providing integrated solutions in terms of improving and broadening roads network and crossings, and upgrading various components of mass transit systems such as the metro, tram, buses and water transport means,” Al-Tayer said.


In nod to debt concerns, China Belt and Road summit to urge sustainable financing

Updated 21 April 2019
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In nod to debt concerns, China Belt and Road summit to urge sustainable financing

  • The Belt and Road Initiative envisions rebuilding the old Silk Road to connect China with Asia, Europe and beyond
  • But the initiative has proved controversial in many Western capitals, particularly Washington

SHANGHAI: World leaders meeting in Beijing this week for a summit on China’s Belt and Road initiative will agree to project financing that respects global debt goals and promotes green growth, according to a draft communique seen by Reuters.
The Belt and Road Initiative is a key policy of President Xi Jinping and envisions rebuilding the old Silk Road to connect China with Asia, Europe and beyond with massive infrastructure spending.
But it has proved controversial in many Western capitals, particularly Washington, which views it as merely a means to spread Chinese influence abroad and saddle countries with unsustainable debt through nontransparent projects.
The United States has been particularly critical of Italy’s decision to sign up to the plan last month, the first for a G7 nation.
In an apparent nod to these concerns, the communique reiterates promises reached at the last summit in 2017 for sustainable financing — but adds a line on debt, which was not included the last time.
“We support collaboration among national and international financial institutions to provide diversified and sustainable financial supports for projects,” the draft communique reads.
“We encourage local currency financing, mutual establishment of financial institutions, and a greater role of development finance in line with respective national priorities, laws, regulations and international commitments, and the agreed principles by the UNGA on debt sustainability,” it added, referring to the United Nations General Assembly.
The word “green” appears in the draft seven times. It was not mentioned once in the summit communique from two years ago.
“We underline the importance of promoting green development,” the draft reads. “We encourage the development of green finance including the issuance of green bonds as well as development of green technology.”
The Chinese government’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, said on Friday that the Belt and Road project is not a “geopolitical tool” or a debt crisis for participating nations, but Beijing welcomes constructive suggestions on how to address concerns over the initiative.
A total of 37 foreign leaders are due to attend the April 25-27 summit, though the United States is only sending lower-level representatives, reflecting its unease over the scheme.
The number of foreign leaders at the April 25-27 summit is up from 29 last time, mainly from China’s closest allies like Pakistan and Russia but also Italy, Switzerland and Austria.
China has repeatedly said Belt and Road is for the benefit of the whole world, and that it is committed to upholding globally accepted norms in ensuring projects are transparent and win-win for all parties.
“We emphasize the importance of the rule of law and equal opportunities for all,” the draft reads.