Dubai: RTA launches new on-demand bus service from today – News

The price will be 5 Dh per passenger and 2 Dh per additional passenger



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Published: Tue 1 Feb 2022, 17:42

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a new route from today (1 February 2022) for the on-demand bus service in Al Nahda to meet the growing demand for this service.

The service will operate on weekdays (Monday to Thursday) from 05:00 to midnight. On Friday and Saturday the service will operate from 05:00 a.m. to 01:00 a.m. (the following day), and on Sunday the service will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 01:00 a.m. (the following day).

The price will be 5 Dh per passenger and 2 Dh per additional passenger.

In response to the growing demand from bus users and following in-depth field studies, RTA decided to launch a new line.

The service will be available through the smart app, Dubai Bus-on-Demand, on Apple Store and Google Play Store on smartphones and gadgets.

The 10-seater buses are deployed to operate on flexible routes and schedules.

Drivers of these buses can communicate with service requesters through the app to identify the nearest points.

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These buses will also reduce walking distance and waiting time for customers and improve their experience of using premium buses.

From an operational point of view, the buses are smaller, consume less fuel and have an intelligent planning system that reduces the number of kilometers lost.

Regarding the environment, the service reduces carbon emissions and limits the movement of private vehicles in the areas covered.

Currently, 13 minibuses are deployed to operate the service in selected areas of Dubai, namely Al Barsha, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Academic City.

These buses are convenient and meet the needs of the public as they are accessible and can have flexible routes to accommodate certain categories. The service strategy is to serve areas with low demand for public transport and to reduce operating costs, thanks to fixed service schedules.

Melvin Z. Madore