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Dubai’s RTA partners with private sector to build new-gen bus shelters

Dubai’s RTA partners with private sector to build new-gen bus shelters

The first four shelters are already operational, with plans to construct a total 1,550 over the next 3-4 years

Dubai RTA bus stop

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled its new generation of bus shelters at four locations within the emirate, built in association with the private sector.

They are currently located at a main bus stop nearby Satwa Roundabout (2nd December Street); at a secondary bus stop at Burj Khalifa Boulevard (near the Boulevard Walk); at a key stop at Al Mustaqbal Street (near Park Towers); and one more at a pick-up and drop-off stop on Al Mustaqbal Street behind Emirates Towers.

The RTA has said that it would construct 1,550 such bus shelters over the next 3-4 years.

“The project is being undertaken in partnership with the private sector through Build–Operate–Transfer (BOT) Model. The investor shall cater to the funding of construction and operation of shelters, and share the proceeds of advertisements with RTA under a 12-year contract,” said Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.

“Through this project, RTA avails the private sector a long-term investment opportunity and the chance to develop smart and innovative services to users. It also diversifies RTA’s revenues and serves key objectives of Public-Private Partnership (PPP). RTA received six proposals from local and international investors, and four firms passed the technical and financial assessment,” added Al Tayer.

The shelters will be partially air-conditioned, with the remaining area shaded.

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In addition to a space for branding, the shelters will also have informational screens displaying bus network, timetable, service frequency and other information needed by commuters, added a statement by Dubai Media Office. There will be spaces dedicated to parking bikes as well as a provision for ticket vending machines.

These new bus shelters will also be accessible by people of determination. “The design of the new bus shelters conforms to Dubai Code for People of Determination as they make room for wheelchairs and tracks for visually challenged individuals. It consolidates ‘My Community…A City for Everyone‘ initiative of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, aimed at transforming the entire Dubai into a friendly city for people of determination by 2020.”

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