Dubai: Transport Authority announces new dedicated lanes for Buses & taxis

Dubai Web Desk

DUBAI, UAE: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has endorsed a plan to construct dedicated lanes for buses and taxis extending 13.1 kilometers on six key streets—Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, 2nd of December, Al Satwa, Al Nahda, Omar bin Al Khattab, and Naif Streets.

Scheduled for completion between 2025 and 2027, the project will extend Dubai’s network of dedicated bus lanes to 20.1 kilometers.

The Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTA Mattar Al Tayer said that the project is designed to shorten travel times, ensure compliance with bus timetables, increase public transport ridership, and enhance the efficiency of taxi services.

Mattar Al Tayer said that the project also aims to cut operational costs, step up the integration of various transport modes, and reduce emissions.

“The expansion of these dedicated bus lanes is projected to decrease bus travel times by rates varying from 24% to 59% during peak hours and enhance bus arrival time used on the dedicated routes from 28% to 56%. Specifically, bus journey time would be reduced by 59% on Naif Street, 54% on Al Satwa Road, 50% on Omar Bin Al Khattab Street, and 38% on Al Nahda Street. Bus arrival times are projected to see improvements by 56% on the 2nd of December Street, 52% on Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Street, 48% on Al Satwa Road, and 42% on Omar bin Khattab Street. Moreover, extending dedicated bus lanes would boost public transport usage by up to 30% on some roads and reduce the number of buses needed to serve those routes, thanks to the savings in travel times,” Mattar Al Tayer said.