The Roads and Transport Authority (
Arabic: هيئة الطرق والمواصلات), commonly known as RTA, is the major independent government roads & transportation authority in
United Arab Emirates. It was founded in 2005 and is responsible for planning and executing transport and traffic projects, along with legislation and strategic plans of
transportation in the city. It is a department of the
Government of Dubai.
RTA was established in 2005 by Law No. 17 - 2005. It was launched by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and
Emir of Dubai,
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum with the mission of developing integrated, sustainable and world-class transportation systems for residents of Dubai. In 2012, RTA's
Dubai Metro was declared by
Guinness World Records to be the world's longest fully automated driverless metro system with a route length of 75 kilometres (47 mi).
The RTA is led by Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Mattar Mohamed Al Tayer. The administration is divided into five different agencies or departments, each of which have their own directors and CEOs.
RTA is a sole public transportation service provider which includes the
Abras, Dubai Bus, Dubai Water Bus, Water Taxi and Dubai Ferry along with Dubai Taxi and its authorized taxi companies.
RTA operates approximately 1,442 buses on 107 routes, carrying almost 7 million riders on roughly 179,000 trips a month by the bus service; however the Dubai Metro is a driverless, fully automated metro rail system installed ubiquitously throughout the city. All trains and stations are air conditioned and equipped with and platform edge screen doors. The metro is divided into two lines,
Green; both lines together recorded a ridership of 164.3 million in 2014 as compared to 137.759 million in 2013 and 109.491 million in 2012.
The total ridership of Dubai's public transport reached 531.350 million in 2014.
Some of the buses are electric. However, these are only run as trial as of October 2023 with route eB1 being the only Electric Bus route in trial as of now.
Services and technology
RTA uses one of the most advanced and smartest technologies in the world for residents of Dubai. It has officially launched a
mobile app for all services mentioned below.