Taxi stations to come up in 28 areas of Dubai soon

DUBAI — The endless wait for taxis in scorching sun in the crowded areas in Dubai may become a thing of the past soon.

By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)

Published: Sat 14 Jun 2008, 1:16 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:29 PM

The Public Transport Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is planning dedicated stations for taxis in 28 areas in the emirate.

Speaking with Khaleej Times yesterday, Essa Al Dossari, CEO of the agency, said there would be taxi stations on the lines of bus stations soon.

"The project is being discussed and the RTA has decided on at least 28 locations for setting up the 'Dubai Taxi Stations'. The areas would be announced later. These stations would ensure that people don’t face any problems waiting for long hours for a taxi," said Dossari.

People living in densely populated areas like Deira, Nasr Square, Bur Dubai, Karama and Satwa have been complaining about unavailability of taxis. According to the commuters, most of the taxi drivers don’t enter these areas and prefer to be in places like Al Quoz, Dubai Marina and the Safa Park, where the traffic influx is less. This results in people waiting for taxis for long hours.

Even the taxi drivers have stated that they lose a lot of time once they enter areas like Deira and Bur Dubai. As a result, most of them prefer to stay away from these areas.

Dossari said there would be a certain number of taxis always ready in these stations for the passengers.

"Someone living in Deira area can go to the Deira stand and catch a taxi. We are sure that these stations would be of a big help to the commuters. This project would be launched soon," Dossari added.

Sources pointed out that there could be more than one station in an area based on the size. The move was hailed by many commuters.

"This is a good step. And there should be more than one stand in big areas like Bur Dubai, Deira and Karama. This move will solve the problem to a great extent," said Abdul Hashim Rahman, a resident of Karama.

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