RTA transports some 1.8 m riders on New Year’s Eve

DUBAI, The number of passengers riding public transit on New Year’s Eve 2017 in Dubai reached 1,793,691 riders, according to statistics released by the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, .

The metro network carried 769,817 riders, made up of 509,089 riders using the Red Line, and 260,728 riders on the Green Line.

The Tram served 32,850 riders, while public buses transported 393,763 riders. Also, 53,932 riders traveled by ferry, and 543,329 riders used taxis.

The RTA had prepared a comprehensive traffic management plan for New Year’s Eve, which always experiences heavy traffic, especially in the Dubai Mall-Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Water Canal areas. The plan was intended to ensure the integration of various mass transit modes and traffic systems, in order to ease the movement of those celebrating the events, as well as those traveling to various destinations. Accordingly, RTA extended the operating hours of the metro and tram, so both services would run continuously from dawn on 31 December 2016 until midnight of 1 January 2017.

Source: Emirates News Agency