Engineer Essa Abdul Rahman Al Dossari, CEO of RTA Public Transport Agency, said that the Agency launched this service by deploying 29 buses to lift visitors and participants in the events of the Global Village from various areas of Dubai. Moreover, 15 Inter-City buses were allocated to lift visitors from Sharjah, Al Ain, and Abu Dhabi to the Global Village, as part of its efforts to provide effective support & participation in various sorts of activities & events staged in Dubai.
“Buses will start service from four areas in Dubai as follows: Bus No. 102 from Hor Al Anz Station, Bus No. 103 from Al Ghubaiba Station, Bus No. 104 from Gold Souk Station, and Bus No. 105 from Jumeirah Beach Park Station. The fare will be 4 dirham only. Service time will be from 03.00 pm up to 01.00 am (after midnight). It is anticipated that these buses will lift around 1200 – 2000 passengers per day during the normal days and the number is likely to hit 3000 passengers per day during weekends, particularly with the start of the 13th renewal of Dubai Shopping Festival on 24th January” explained Al Dossari.
He pointed out that these buses will be fitted with electronic systems and a giant front screen providing passengers with a clear vision from a remote distance of the destination and route of the bus. Other screens are fitted to the left and right hand sides of the bus displaying the same information in English and Arabic so that passengers can easily identify the bus. More screens are added on board including one screen placed just behind the driver.
According to Al Dossari, through this initiative Public Transport Agency is keen to make active participation in such important annual events, which attract visitors and participants representing entities from different corners of the globe. The aim is to provide top class services in line with the image of Dubai as a global business & economic hub, and boost the highly regarded international standing of the emirate as a premier venue for staging events, expos and conventions.
He added that this step is based on the Strategic Plan developed by the RTA to upgrade mass transit modes in Dubai and attract additional numbers of passengers to minimize traffic bottlenecks. “RTA is keen to expand this vital service and make assiduous efforts to raise the percentage of trips done by mass transit modes to 30%. This could be achieved by means of providing high class and cost-effective transport options of wide geographic coverage and capable of competing private vehicles. The intention of the RTA is to the heighten the awareness, transform the social view & culture associated with the use of mass transit modes, and achieve multi-modal integration of transport network, including buses, metro and marine transport” said Al Dossari.
He anticipated that this step will be a valuable addition to the drive of upgrading the services rendered to the large numbers of visitors and participants in the events of the Global Village coming from Dubai and other emirates, and will help keep pace with the demographic growth & urban development witnessed by all sectors in Dubai. It will also contribute to the smooth traffic flow and encourage all categories of the public to use this service rather than their private vehicles in commuting between these areas. This will undoubtedly contribute to easing traffic jam, particularly during the morning & evening peak hours.
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