Air Conditioned Bus Stops in Dubai Becoming a Trendsetter
Dubai-the dream city basking under the glory of its world famous driverless metro service also takes pride in its Air Conditioned bus Stops. Dotting the entire cityscape of Dubai, the bus stops are like an oasis for bus travelers. Mitigating the discomfort of passengers waiting to board buses at various locations, these stops are a great incentive to use public transport; decongesting the roads.
Phased Roll Out
Dubai started rolling out the air-conditioned bus stops in 2007 and today the total number exceeds a thousand. The $20 million project has been implemented by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) with Right Angle Media as its technology provider. Described as the largest public-private utility initiative that ran for more than ten years on a design-build-operate-transfer (DBOT) basis, the AC bus stops have many attractive features to flaunt.
The AC bus shelters are not only ergonomically designed, but also offer high level comfort for commuters. They are backed by an array of amenities for commuters to stay cool even in the scorching heat of summer.
Every shelter with a unique crescent design has reasonable space to accommodate a good amount of people. There are panels for advertising and information, vending machines for snacks, ATMs and recyclable garbage containers. The passengers are updated with the latest communication so they are in the loop regarding incoming buses and their routes. Structurally, the AC bus shelters are bright and blend well in the glittering urban backdrop of Dubai.
According to authorities, one of the benefits of AC bus shelters is to encourage people to use public transport more and avoid traffic jams.
The eco friendliness of the shelters has been applauded for its improved air quality, protection against emissions and the cool temperature of 22 degrees.
Dubai has a large bus system, about 3000 buses with first class amenities. The state run Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) takes care of the essential infrastructure such as maintenance of roads, traffic and transport. Dubai has 193 bus routes on weekdays and an average of 300,000 passengers using them.
Some of the most important main routes are
• E 11 (Sheikh Zayed Road)
• E 77 (Dubai-Al Habab Road)
• E 311 (Emirates Road)
• E 66 (Oud Metha Road)
• E 44 (Dubai-Hatta Highway)
Hi-tech Bus Terminals
Bus terminals in Dubai are also fabulous in terms of amenities. The bus stations in Bur Dubai and Deira are fully air-conditioned with the best seating at the waiting lounge. Multi cuisine restaurants, cafeterias and shopping areas make the bus terminals a real delight. Many intra-city and inter-emirate level services operate from them. The AC bus shelters in Dubai are sure to be trendsetter for all cities.