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Covid-19 in UAE: Abu Dhabi suspends some bus services

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
Filed on March 26, 2020

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Abu Dhabi will also suspend bus services during the sanitisation drive this weekend.

Transport regulators in Abu Dhabi have introduced a fleet of new buses and added more routes during peak hours to enable social distancing while using public transport.

The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) in Abu Dhabi on Thursday announced that they have added 36 buses and 122 trips to its public bus network on routes with high demand during peak hours. 

"This comes in line with the ITC's efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) and to maintain the public's safety," said ITC in a statement.

"ITC has previously added five services during morning peak hours and four services during evening peak hours to five services in Abu Dhabi City. This consequently reduced the crowding of the public on buses from 90 per cent to 60 per cent."

The additional buses will reduce the frequency of the buses and decrease the waiting times during peak hours. The additional services are: 7, 11, 22, 34, 40, 41, 42, 54, 55, 56, 63, 65, 67, 71, 94, X4 and X5.

Public transport suspended over the weekend

The Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) announced the suspension of its public transport services starting from Thursday at 8pm to Sunday at 6am in light of the national disinfection programme announced by the Ministry of Health Prevention (Mohap) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

 

The move is to conduct comprehensive sterilisation of public transport means and facilities to control and contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and maintaining public health.  

The ITC said it has implemented a series of precautionary actions since the outbreak of coronavirus including the extensive cleaning and sterilisation of the public transport modes in order to protect the society and public transport users.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com

Ismail Sebugwaawo


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