Marked Increase in Number of Bus Passengers

SHARJAH - Recession and increase in the taxi fares between Dubai and Sharjah have seen a marked increase in the number of passengers choosing to travel by buses.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 6 Feb 2009, 1:38 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:36 AM

Fahd Al Awadi, General Manager of KGL, which manages the Sharjah Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) inter-city bus services, said that last month up to 16,000 passengers travelled in buses each day.

“This is an increase from two months ago when up to 13,000 people used the service while only 10,000 used the service three months ago,” he explained.

He, however, did not specify the reasons behind the increase. “It could be due to the recent addition of two more routes recently,” said Al Awadi.

SPTC is currently operating 40 buses on four routes. A total of 19 routes are expected to be operational by the year-end.

Saifudeen, an Indian salesman in a bank, says, “I have to travel to Sharjah and back to Bur Dubai at least thrice a week, but I prefer the bus, since it is cheaper. Why spend more on a taxi when we can save on bus travel? he said, and added that he spends only Dh5 as bus fare as compared to Dh20 (starting) on taxi.”

Anil Yonjan, a Nepalese, who works with an airline said, “I prefer to travel in a taxi than a bus but since the fares have increased, it has become expensive. I don’t have to travel on this route everyday but for those who do may have to pay more for taxis if they want to reach their offices on time.”

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