DUBAI ó In continuation with its bus routes rationalisation process, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced changes to at least five bus routes starting from September 10.
Two feeder bus routes — F31 and F5 — have been rearranged to accommodate more areas. Instead of starting from the Mall of the Emirates metro station, F31 will start from the Dubai Internet City metro station and will cover TECOM Green and Meadows along with the other areas it usually covers.
While route F31 will serve localities surrounding Regent International School, Dubai International Academy, the access roads to The Springs, Dubai British School etc, route F5 has been expanded to cater to areas around Etisalat Academy and Al Arabi Centre.
According to Masoud Al Janahi, acting Director of Planning and Business Development, Public Transport Agency (PTA), the move comes after extensive site surveys carried out by the agency to assess the needs of Dubai districts with the aim of meeting the soaring demand for this service among public transport users in the emirate.
The other changes include new 30-minute service frequency for route X92 as well as the merger of route F4 with F3 and F10.
The merged route would start from Al Rashidiya Metro Station, passing through Mirdiff City Center and Mirdiff East en route to Mirdiff West, Al Warqa 3 and Mirdiff City Center.
The PTA also announced the cancellation of Route 47 from September 10.
Al Janahi said that the changes were intended to boost public bus service and reassured the users of the said stations that the quality of service would not be impacted by this merger as the two lines (F3) and (F10) would cover all bus stops and services that used to be provided to the public through F4.