‘Abu Dhabi Express’ bus service to launch from Monday – News
Direct, non-stop service will be offered by private sector operators
Abu Dhabi Express, a rapid transit bus service across the emirate, will be launched from Monday, the local authority announced.
The direct, non-stop bus service will be offered by private sector operators, the Department of Municipalities and Transport’s Integrated Transport Center (ITC) said.
The initiative is part of efforts to develop, modernize and diversify public transport services and provide more mobility options to the community.
The new service will be made available to passengers in two phases. The first will include Musaffah Industrial Zone and Mohamed bin Zayed City, and the second will include Khalifa City, Bani Yas, Al Shahama, Al Falah and other areas according to passenger needs, connecting these areas directly to Abu Dhabi City via four direct operating routes. .
In the second phase, ITC will also add five new roads in various neighborhoods of Al Ain that provide direct and fast service in the city, namely Al Hiyar, Al Faqa, Sweihan, Al Shiwayb, Nahil, Abu Samra, Al Wiqan and Neighborhoods of Al Qou’a.
There will be a total of 680 trips each week. All services will use Abu Dhabi City Main Bus Station as the point of arrival and will include E-01 service from Abu Dhabi Industrial City (ICAD) to Musaffah, E-02 service, direct from Musaffah , while the E-03 service will operate from the Musaffah city bus station and finally the E-04 service, which will depart from the Safeer Mall in Khalifa City.
The service will be available from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends and public holidays. It will run between destinations every 10 minutes during peak times and every 25 minutes, maximum, outside peak times.
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The first phase will be operated by Al Ghazal Transport Company and Emirates Taxi, as part of ITC’s strategic partnership with the private sector to improve and expand public transport services. The companies bought 64 buses to provide the new service.
“The launch of the service cements the public-private partnership by providing more investment opportunities for companies that run public transport services,” the ITC said.
The service will improve integration between public bus services and increase the overall capacity of the bus network. The service aims to organize and eliminate haphazard and unauthorized methods of transit, which will provide sustainable transport services across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.