Dubai’s public bus seat occupancy soars to 42.6pc
Dubai, August 21, 2014
Public bus occupancy in Dubai has risen in the first four months of the year to 42.6 per cent, as compared to 39.3 per cent in the same period last year.
"Among the key factors triggering the rise in the bus seat occupancy in Dubai is the improvement in bus schedules, as on-time arrivals encourage additional numbers of the public to use public buses in travelling to various destinations across the emirate," a Wam report quoted Dr Yousef Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of the public transport agency, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), as saying.
"Reviewing the best international practices adopted in this regard, and benchmarking with a host of cities in several of advanced countries such as Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Britain and the US, Dubai ranked third worldwide, after Germany and France, in the public bus seat occupancy rate,” he added.
The RTA has adopted several steps to increase seat occupancy of public buses in Dubai including the continuous monitoring of the performance of public bus routes to identify the low occupancy routes, developing appropriate corrective measures for each route which will be implemented in the final quarter of 2014, studying new demand areas, and analysing the possibility of increasing bus seats on high demand routes, the report stated.
In its endeavour to harness modern technology with the mass transit mode service, the RTA has developed the ‘Journey Planner’ – Wojhati - which is accessible through RTA’s website (www.rta.ae) or on 10 touch screens installed in main stations, enabling riders to plan their daily travels aboard various mass transit means including public buses, it said.
Currently there are 107 bus routes in Dubai comprising local routes, metro stations feeder routes, CBD routes, express routes, and intercity routes.
The C01 Route, which starts from Dubai International Airport (Terminal3) and reaches the Al Satwa Bus Station, stands out as the busiest public bus route in terms of the number of riders lifted, as this route lifted about 580 thousand riders in July this year, the report said.