Here’s some good news for all the public transport users out there!
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced 11 new bus routes and 10 metro feeder services will start from this weekend (Saturday, 15th April).
And 13 established routes will also get a revamp.
Considering how popular the public transport services are in Dubai (273 million of us used it in the first half of 2016), it’s natural that the RTA wants to make sure everyone has access.
The new routes will do exactly that, as they will connect a number of small streets in Dubai to prominent Metro stations on both the green and red metro line, to make travelling around much easier.
Extra bus services also open up more of Business Bay, where many people work.
Here’s a run down of the other changes:
Route 93 will now terminate at Mall of the Emirates instead of The Greens and Route F35 will link Mall of the Emirates to the Greens and Al Barsha Heights.
Route 8 will run through King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street but will not stop at Knowledge Village or Dubai Media City.
Route 17 will be re-routed to reach the new Al Wasl Residential Complex, behind the Public Transport Agency at Muhaisna 4.
Route 29 will terminate at Dubai Mall instead of the Business Bay Metro.
Route 43 will now terminate at Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport, instead of Festival City.
A new night bus is also being introduced. Route F55A will be renamed N55 and extended to reach Ghubaiba Bus Station.
Route 85 will now pass through Ibn Battuta Metro station in Discovery Gardens on the way to Dubai Internet City.
Route E98 will be re-routed to start from Satwa Station up to Al Quoz Station without passing through Al Jafiliya Metro station. Route C15 will terminate at Deira City Station instead of Al Wasl Park Station.
Route F08 will terminate at Dubai Festival City instead of Toyota Service Centre at Dubai Festival City.
Route F14 will run in a circular route to serve the Business Bay Metro station, The Ubora Towers, Business Bay and South Ridge.
The F32 route will run between Mall of the Emirates Metro station to Arabian Ranches 2, via Dubai Studio City and the Sustainable City.
Some buses will also run more frequently, especially during peak hours in the morning and evening.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Ali, director of Planning & Business Development, says: “The RTA is also keen on bringing happiness to public bus riders through making public transport experience an enjoyable one.”
Bus users, hopefully this makes your ride better and more enjoyable!