As the Dubai Municipality Public Transport Department is getting ready to introduce 500 air conditioned bus stops in different parts of the city to attract more people to use public transport buses, commuters are demanding that the cooling system of about 250 Dubai Transport buses ...

By V M Sathish (Contributor)

Published: Sun 21 Aug 2005, 1:04 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:06 PM

running in certain specific routes need immediate rectification. According to regular commuters travelling in certain specific routes like Al Quoz, Sonapur and Jumeirah, the air conditioners in certain routes are either not working or are insufficient to keep all the commuters cool. “I am a regular commuter on this route and the air conditioners are not working at all. This is the case with most of the buses running in this route,” said a commuter using the Dubai Public Transport buses to Al Quoz Industrial Area.

Dubai Public Transport is credited with having the second best transport infrastructure in the world after Canada, which stands first. World-class buses from Mercedez are deployed to facilitate smooth transport. The modern fleet of vehicles includes Volvo, Scania and Mitsubishi models.

“These buses are quite old and the air conditioners may not be working efficiently. While more people travel in these buses deployed in the busy routes, they require better cooling system,” added the commuter. Bus drivers too agree that some of the Dubai Public Transport buses don't have functional ACs to beat the heat in summers.

“It is too hot waiting on the bus depots and commuters expect a cool atmosphere within the buses. However, travelling by these buses is difficult as waiting in the open bus station,” he added.

“The decision to introduce air conditioned bus stations is a welcome step, but the Public Transport Department should get rid of old buses, with poor air conditioners,” added another commuter.

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