Abu Dhabi: To the dismay of commuters, many bus shelters across Abu Dhabi remain without shade and air-conditioning despite the sweltering summer heat.
Over the past year, the growth rate in using the public bus service has increased by more than 7% and achieved over 110 million passengers till November 2013, while the total passengers for 2013 are expected to exceed 120 million.
For instance, bus riders going to Musaffah from Dubai must first come into Abu Dhabi. That takes two hours. They then must take bus No 100 to reach Musaffah, which takes 20 to 30 minutes. Better would be a direct bus from Shahama to Mohammed Bin Zayed City, or even direct buses from Dubai.
A new bus station, new community facilities and a park designed like a maze are part of the newly unveiled master plan for the Shahama and Bahia neighbourhoods. The first to be developed by the Urban Planning Council (UPC) in line with the capital’s Vision 2030 plan, the revitalisation project will ensure that the outlying communities meet the Government’s vision for the emirate.
The bus lanes, which will be marked with special paint on the road, are expected to cut bus journey times by up to 15 minutes, and preliminary results from the study show that the impact on other traffic is expected to be minimal. Work will begin in the next three months and is expected to be completed by next year.