Dubai: RTA identifies 16 bus stations, depots for upgrades
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Dubai: RTA identifies 16 bus stations, depots for upgrades

Dubai: RTA identifies 16 bus stations, depots for upgrades

Six bus depots at Al Khawaneej, Al Qusais, Al Ruwyyah, Al Aweer, Jebel Ali, and Al Quoz will undergo improvements as part of the project

Dubai: RTA identifies 16 bus stations, depots for upgrades

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced a significant investment in improving public bus infrastructure across Dubai and has awarded several contracts to that effect.

The three-year project comprises upgrades to 22 bus stations and depots, aiming to create a more convenient and comfortable experience for bus riders.

The project goes beyond basic improvements.Upgraded stations will feature renovated passenger terminals, improved waiting areas, dedicated driver service offices, and even prayer rooms at select locations.

Additionally, the RTA will introduce bicycle racks and ensure seamless connectivity with Dubai Metro and taxi services.

16 bus stations marked for enhancement

The project will impact 16 bus stations frequented by commuters. This includes nine stations in Deira and seven stations in Bur Dubai.

These include the bus stations at Mall of the Emirates, Sabkha, Jebel Ali, Al Quoz, Ibn Battuta, Hatta, Gold Souk, Al Qusais, Deira City Centre, Al Ghubaiba, Union, Al Satwa, Al Rashdiya, Abu Hail, Etisalat and Karama.

Bus depots to be enhanced

Six bus depots at Al Khawaneej, Al Qusais, Al Ruwyyah, Al Aweer, Jebel Ali, and Al Quoz will also undergo improvements.

These upgrades include revamped inspection lanes, dedicated engine washing facilities, and improved drainage systems.

The project will also see the refurbishment of staff facilities and the installation of new technology infrastructure.

Driver residential quarters will be provided at Jebel Ali and Al Quoz depots.

The scope of exterior works across all stations covers installing traffic signals and sidewalks, revamping external lights, infrastructure work for security systems, redesigning the bus parking yards at five stations, and adding an initial test zone at Al Khawaneej, Al Ruwyyah, and Al Aweer depots.

The project will look at upgrading pedestrian walkways, traffic signals, and improved lighting will enhance safety for all users. Additionally, the RTA is committed to creating a welcoming environment for people with disabilities.

The RTA aims to encourage alternative modes of transportation by incorporating cycling lanes, pedestrian crossings, and improved public bus parking facilities.

This initiative builds on the RTA’s previous investments in public transport.

In 2021, RTA completed the construction of several public bus stations across key areas in Dubai, including including Al Ghubaiba, Union, Al Jaffiliya, Oud Metha, Al Satwa, Etisalat, Al Baraha, International City, and Dubai International Airport (Terminal 3).

Sustainable transport

By investing in bus infrastructure and promoting a multimodal approach, the RTA is making significant strides towards a more sustainable and convenient public transport system for Dubai.

The RTA operates a fleet of modern buses meeting the ‘Euro 6’ European regulations for reduced carbon emissions. These buses prioritise passenger comfort and accessibility, with features like dedicated spaces for people with disabilities and comfortable seating arrangements.

In recent news, the RTA announced it had made significant strides in enhancing the city’s road network infrastructure with the Garn Al Sabkha-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Roads Improvement Project.

Read: Major road improvement project 75% complete, shares RTA

The project aims to accommodate the city’s urban and population growth, ensuring seamless traffic flow amid increasing demands.

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