RTA inaugurates Ladies-Only Buses
Dubai (United Arab Emirates): The Public Transport Agency at Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) unveiled yet another initiative in the context of RTA strategic initiatives designed to broaden and upgrade mass transit network in Dubai in keeping with the urban expansion witnessed by the emirate. As of April 10th, the Agency will inaugurate a new bus line comprising 7 ladies-only buses, known as L55.
“This step is intended to meet the increasing demand among ladies for public bus services. Public Transport Agency therefore decided to inaugurate this Line following site surveys and studies to identify the areas with the highest demand for exclusive ladies buses” said Mohammed Abu Baker Al Hashimi, Director of Planning & Business Development at RTA Public Transport Agency.
“Buses deployed on (L55) will set-off from Muhaisnah 4 (near Lulu Village) to Satwa via Muraqqabat Road, Deira City Center, Karama, and World Trade Interchange. The service will run at two intervals from 06.30 am to 09.00 am, and from 04.00 pm to 08.00 pm, as these timings witness the highest demand for such service among ladies.
“Bus service will be operated at 30 minutes headway (intervals) and Public Transport Agency will increase the number of buses deployed on this Line to minimize the headway if there is a higher bus occupancy rate among ladies in future.
“Public Transport Agency is keen on providing top-class services to bus commuters, including ladies. We hope that this step will play an active role in providing added privacy to ladies mobility on board RTA buses, thereby encouraging more others to take-up the service” added Al Hashimi.
It is note-worthy that Public Transport Agency is currently engaged in expanding the coverage of mass transit network in the emirate of Dubai through beefing up the bus fleet with standard, articulated and double-deck buses. These buses, which are procured from world-class bus manufacturers and fitted with high technological features, are robust, comfortable, safe, and tailored for the use of special needs persons. Moreover, they use the most eco-friendly fuel worldwide.