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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the service timings for availing different RTA services during the forthcoming Eid Al-Fitre holidays via customer service centers, paid parking zones, public buses, Dubai Metro, marine transit means, driving schools and vehicles' testing & registration centers.
Finally, a bus route from Ibn Battuta Metro Station to Abu Dhabi will be started following constant calls from the public who had to go to faraway stations like Al Ghubaiba on the way to or from the capital. The Public Transport Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) also inaugurated nine new internal bus routes within Dubai “to boost the bus transit network and keep up with the rising demand for mass transit means in general and public buses in particular.”
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) officials told Gulf News on Sunday that six months' notice have been given to schools to comply with the changes, following which the law will be implemented stringently from September 1. "According to the law [first issued in 2008], school buses cannot speed more than 80km/h, and must have RTA-approved speed control devices installed to ensure this," said Furat Ali Al Ameri, director of franchising and enforcement at the RTA's Public Transport Agency.
Dr Aysha Al Busmait, director of RTA’s Marketing and Corporate Communication, stated that RTA managed to communicate video clips on the YouTube website to around 300,000 viewers since the launch of its channel on the YouTube in December 2008. RTA’s YouTube library includes more than 160 video clips intended to publicise and broadcast the culture of using mass transit modes of all kinds.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will launch a new bus route on February 3 to link International City with Warsan 3 and the service will be operational on Fridays. The public transport routes are one of the key strategic initiatives and key pillars of raising the percentage of trips made by public transport means through enticing various segments of the community to use mass transit systems in their daily travels.
A total of 346.5 million passengers used public transport in Dubai last year, Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced. The passenger figures compared with 332 million passengers lifted in 2010, a 4.3 percent rise, according to the figures released by the RTA's statistics section.
“The number of public bus commuters in the first half of 2011 hit 54,077,652 passengers where bus transport service within Dubai city accounted to 42,329,663 passengers, followed by metro stations feeder bus service (6,109,602 passengers) and inter-city bus service (5,638,387 passengers).
“More than one million different transactions are recorded on a daily basis by various types of Nol cards; which means that the number of public transport users, especially the metro, is constantly going up and the culture of using public transport systems in Dubai is spreading among various segments of the community.
The operation system of Dubai Metro is the most secure in the world and impossible to hack, a senior metro official told Khaleej Times. The world’s largest driverless railway, run on a completely automated system and an independent network, has an incredible chain of back-up and security even in the most unlikely cases of sabotage, he added.
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