Road to Safety: Bus-only lanes will make capital’s roads better for all travellers


ABU DHABI // The introduction of bus-only lanes, upgrading 40 bus stations and creating pedestrian access will make public transport services more attractive, ease congestion and keep people safe on Abu Dhabi’s roads, experts say.

“Bus-only lanes may be new to Abu Dhabi, but there are widely and successfully used in other parts of the world, sometimes as a shared lane with taxis,” said Phil Clarke, principal road safety consultant at Transport Research Laboratory – UAE.

“This can lead to more reliable journey times and adherence to timetables for buses and quicker journeys for those travelling by taxi.”

Glenn Havinoviski, a US-based transport expert, agreed, saying prioritising bus operations was commendable.

“It’s an excellent and efficient approach to improving mobility, especially in the central area of Abu Dhabi which suffers from limited parking and high levels of congestion.”

Well-planned bus services with convenient routes and schedules provide much more flexibility in picking up and dropping off passengers near their residences, work places or other destinations such as shopping malls, he said.

In 2010, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority introduced phase one of the bus and taxi lane system on a 6 kilometre stretch from Al Mankhool Street towards Al Ghubaiba Street. More info