200 new bus shelters across Dubai soon

This summer, the RTA has already increased the number of bus shelters from 530 to the current 760, while the new set of shelters will take the tally to over 950.

By Shafaat Ahmed (KT Exclusive)

Published: Tue 10 Aug 2010, 8:42 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:07 AM

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will be setting up around 200 more bus shelters across Dubai in the next few months.

Revealing the details of the project exclusively to Khaleej Times, Mohammed Abubaker Al Hashimi, the Director of Planning and Business Development at the RTA’s Public Transport Agency (PTA), said that the work on installing around 200 more shelters was already in progress and they should open for the public one by one in the next few months.

“Most of the structural work has been completed; even the ACs have been installed in many shelters, but there are certain formalities that need to be done before they start operating,” said Al Hashimi, adding that setting up of the bus shelters involves cooperation with other government bodies like DEWA.

“We need to acquire NOCs from DEWA and other bodies; we need to have the electricity connected as well, and there are other formalities too. Still we are doing it fairly quickly. To have around thousand bus shelters in just about two years is no minor feat,” he said. Reacting to the complaints that shelters at certain stops were not working, he said, “these shelters are still under construction; just because the structure is in place and the AC is installed it cannot be operated straight away. There are other formalities and procedures to be taken care of.”

He asked people to notify RTA’s customer service immediately if they see any old shelter not working, and urged people to bear with the inconvenience for a while.

He also reminded the commuters that Dubai is the only city in the world to have air-conditioned bus shelters. With the bus network expanding as frenetically as the city, the demands for new bus shelters are also increasing and to cope with the existing and future demands the authorities are studying a proposal to set up 1,500 more shelters in the near future.

“Apart from the 200-odd shelters that will open in the next few months, we are studying a proposal to set up 1,500 more shelters. Our planning team is doing the survey on demands and needs of the people, and based on the result we’ll proceed further,” said Al Hashimi, explaining the details of the mega project.

The demand for more shelters has increased after the launch of the metro, with dozens of new feeder routes being added, and simultaneously dotted with hundreds of new stops.

Khaleej Times had earlier reported commuters’ requests for shelters at certain metro stations, which see long queues of people waiting for feeder buses during peak hours.Acting on these requests, the RTA has already installed non-AC shelter at the Ibn Batuta Station.


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