Dubai announces the opening locations of 9 new generation bus stations
The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai today announced the opening of nine new generation bus stations: Al Jafiliya, Etisalat, Al Ghubaiba, Al Ittihad, Business Bay, Oud Metha, Al Satwa, International City and Hatta stations. The total number of these stations is expected to reach 25 stations by the end of 2024.
The Roads and Transport Authority indicated that it has completed many projects to develop bus stations and establish new stations in various locations throughout the Emirate of Dubai, as this is considered a continuation of the Authority’s efforts to develop infrastructure, according to what Adel Shakri, Director of Business Administration, Planning and Development Department at the Public Transport Agency, said. affiliated with the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, with the aim of motivating local residents to use public transportation for daily transportation. The new stations are distinguished by their creative exterior and interior designs that blend functionality and excellence. They also use structural features that support and enhance architectural design.
Shakri said that the completed stations are part of the new generation of public transport bus stations. These stations were designed to meet the operational needs of public transport bus services, as well as the needs of environmental sustainability and vital areas with high population densities. The role of the new stations goes beyond the traditional concept of transporting passengers only, but rather It extends to providing integrated services to passengers, such as offices, commercial and service stores, and other facilities, and these needs are compatible with the identity and form of the Roads and Transport Authority stations and the needs of the People of Determination category.
He stressed that the Authority’s goal is to increase the amount of parking for new generation buses within the framework of its comprehensive development plan through the draft requirements for developing the infrastructure for public bus service in the vicinity of the Stadium Metro Station during the year 2024 and the draft tripartite plan to develop public transport bus stations and workshops during the period between 2022 and 2024, so that The number of new generation stations will reach 25 by the end of 2024.
According to Shakri, the new generation of stations has improved the integration of public transportation in Dubai by linking bus stations to other means of transportation, such as taxi, metro, and marine transportation stations in some stations. These stations also provide a variety of integration elements, such as air-conditioned waiting areas for customers, crossings, and transportation requirements. Shading, signboards and pedestrian paths are available for a number of transport hubs where times can be shown and cyclists, electric bikes and scooter rentals can park near certain stations.
He pointed out that the new generation stations take into account the needs of people of determination, explaining that the elements also include safety measures, reducing speed limits on the roads surrounding the stations, requirements for taxis, parking for private vehicles, rest areas, areas for drivers, and organizing cosmetic planting around the stations.
In order to provide integration components within the stations and within a radius of 500 meters surrounding the bus stations, it was stated that 100% of the stations established within the authority’s projects achieved this goal, and this indicates that work is currently underway on the remaining stations to complete 25 new generating stations in total by the year 2024.
According to Shakri, the new generation bus stations have certain characteristics, such as air-conditioned waiting areas, investment areas such as restaurants and shops, designated areas for RTA employees and bus users, and modern ways to display transportation information within passenger waiting areas and at passenger boarding and disembarkation areas by providing modern screens that can display passenger information in Real-time display (RTPI) in three different sizes 13.3, 46, and 75 inches.
Payment methods at the new bus stations:
He stated that Nol payment devices were provided using bank cards, and a three-dimensional map was provided that highlights the most important facilities and sites surrounding the bus station. The cards also provide components for integration with various means of transportation and parking for electric cars, scooters, and bicycles, while providing pedestrian crossing areas and guidance sections for easy access. Secure to bus waiting areas Additional features include waiting areas for passengers to board and drop off, parking for private cars and taxis, a fence surrounding the station to increase the security and safety requirements of passengers, and dedicated bus parking for buses to stop at the end of the trip so that drivers can take a rest. All these features are implemented keeping in mind the needs of people in every aspect of the station.