The Public Transport Agency, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), launched on July 28th three new public bus routes in Dubai Emirate to feed metro stations and prop up public bus network towards meeting the rising demand for mass transit needs. During the first half of 2014, public bus ridership soared to 67.5 million riders compared with 59.1 million riders during the same period last year. Likewise, public bus occupancy improved by 8% to clock 42.6%, and the waiting time of the metro feeder services as well as all public buses was reduced to 7 minutes.
Eisa Al Hashimi, Director of Planning and Business Development, Public Transport Agency, stated that the three routes would start from bus stations in various parts of the Emirate of Dubai namely: Al Nahdah, Stadium, and Dubai Mall Stations heading to different destinations in the Emirate.
“The new Route (F23) is a metro station feeder service that starts from Al Nahda and heads towards the International City with a service frequency of 8, 10 and 15 minutes during peak times using double decker buses directed from Al Awir Bus Depot. The second Route (23) starts from the Stadium Metro Station and heads towards Al Nahdah Station with a service frequency of 20 minutes during peak times using double decker buses directed from Al Awir Bus Depot. The third Route (28) starts off Dubai Mall and heads to Lamcy Plaza with a service frequency of 20 minutes during peak times using standard buses directed from Al Rowaya Bus Depot,” said Al Hashmi.
“Timetables of Routes (F46, F48, 43, 367, and F12) will be revised on Saturdays, Routes (4, 11A, 44, 365, 366, F3, F5, F10) will be modified to include Rashidiya Metro Station, and Routes (E307, 88, C19, 22) will be modified to include Deira City Center Metro Station. Route (F53) at the Industrial City will be extended to Workers Village, path of the Route (F22) will be modified at Al Nahda, Route (22) will be served by double decker buses, and Routes (F42) and (42) will be abolished.
“The RTA is keen on broadening and upgrading public bus network to keep pace with the urbanizations and demographic growth rates seen by the Emirate of Dubai. Public bus routes are considered among the strategic initiatives and key pillars of raising the share of journeys made by public transit means through enticing the public comprising various community segments to use public transit modes in their daily travels. This will bring about positive impacts on the traffic movement and the cleanliness of the environment as the increased ridership of public transport will ease the traffic congestion, curb accidents, raise traffic safety awareness level, and considerably minimize the environmental pollution caused by the massive numbers of vehicles on roads,” concluded Al Hashimi.
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