Dubai Authority announces the construction of new lanes for buses and taxis

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has greenlit a comprehensive initiative aimed at introducing specialized routes for buses and taxis, spanning 13.1 kilometers across six crucial thoroughfares.

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These streets include Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, December 2nd, Satwa, Al-Nahda, Omar bin Al-Khattab, and Naif Streets. The implementation of this initiative between 2025 and 2027 will extend the total length of private bus routes to 20.1 kilometers.

According to Mattar Al Tayer, the RTA's Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Directors, the project represents a cornerstone in global transportation strategies. Its primary objective is to incentivize residents to opt for public transit over private vehicles, thereby curtailing travel time, enhancing punctuality, and bolstering adherence to schedules.

By meticulously scheduling bus services and promoting their usage within the community, the initiative aims to streamline taxi services, mitigate operational costs, foster multimodal integration, and diminish environmental pollutants. Ultimately, it strives to align with Dubai's strategic vision of cohesion and elevate the overall quality of life, fostering happiness among public transportation patrons.

Al Tayer further elaborated that expanding private bus routes will significantly reduce travel duration during peak hours, with anticipated time savings ranging from 24 to 59%. Similarly, expected improvements in bus arrival times range from 28 to 56%, notably benefiting streets like Naif, Satwa, Omar Bin Al Khattab, and Al Nahda. This expansion not only enhances convenience but also spurs a notable increase in public transit usage, with up to a 30% rise observed in some areas. Furthermore, it optimizes resource allocation by reducing the number of buses required, thanks to efficiency gains.

The decision to implement these transport routes follows the resounding success of previous phases, which yielded remarkable reductions in travel times and increased passenger and driver satisfaction. Notably, earlier phases saw the establishment of 7-kilometer bus routes, including dedicated lanes on key streets like Khalid bin Al-Waleed and Naif Street. These initiatives have been instrumental in transforming Dubai's transportation landscape, making it more efficient, accessible, and environmentally sustainable.

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