Dubai to get new 37km of bus and taxi lanes

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 9 May 2022: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has endorsed a plan to construct dedicated bus and taxi lanes extending 37 km during the period 2023-2027.

These lanes cover eight main streets mainly Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Street, 2nd December Street, Amman Street, Al Satwa Road, Al Nahda Street, Omar bin Al-Khattab Street and Naif Street bringing the total length of dedicated bus and taxi lanes to 48.6 km, said Wam.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said, “The dedicated bus and taxi lanes is a successful global practice that encourages people to ride public transport rather than private vehicles. As seen in several metropolitan cities in America and Europe dedicated bus and taxi lanes reduce journey time, increase the compliance with the on-time bus departures, encourage public to use mass transport means, improve the taxi arrival time, and reduce the direct and indirect operational costs as well as pollutions. The project contributes to realising RTA’s strategic goal (Integrated Dubai), improving the living standards in the city, and enhancing the happiness of public transport riders.”

“Widening the scope of dedicated bus lanes increases the average bus speed and reduces the travel time during peak hours by more than 40 percent. The introduction of this project is expected to reduce bus journey time by 44 percent on the 2nd December Street, 39 percent on the Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Street and Amman Street, 28 percent on the Omar bin Al-Khattab Street, 27 percent on Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street, 25 percent on Al-Nahda Street, and 18 percent on Al Satwa Road. The project is expected to contribute to a 30 percent increase in public transport riders by 2030 on some streets, and reduce the requirements of additional buses due to the journey time saved,” he explained.

“The implementation of dedicated bus and taxi lanes plan is a huge success based on the past three phases of the project. It saved about five minutes of journey time of each bus, which improved the bus journey times by about 24 percent. It also improved the satisfaction of bus and taxi riders,” added Al Tayer.

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