Dubai RTA announces two new direct bus routes to Tecom Free Zones


By Nadeen El Ajou

The public transport agency of Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced two new bus routes – Route 83 and Route 85 – that connect Tecom free zones Dubai Internet City (DIC), Dubai Media City (DMC) and Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) to Karama and Discovery Gardens respectively.

The buses operating on the new routes can cut down the commuting time for office-goers within the free zones by almost 50 per cent. The timings of the two bus routes takes into account the peak hours.

Badr Al Gargawi, Chief Executive Officer of Engineering Management, Tecom Investments, said: “The introduction of two new bus routes not only complements the public transport facilities in our free zones, but also eases the parking challenges and traffic congestion. RTA’s initiative is in line with Tecom management’s efforts to provide on-going support to employees, students and business partners in the zone.”

“We expect the two new routes to bring considerable benefits to passengers who can potentially put the saved travel time to good use. Needless to say, the public transport system can be a cost effective option compared to private transport operators.”

The service comes as an immediate outcome of a survey that RTA conducted in collaboration with Tecom Investments in September-October 2011. From a sample size of over 800 workers and students, more than half said ‘yes’ to this bus service if provided. More info