100 AC bus shelters not working in Dubai


By Sneha Francis and Majorie van Leije  www.emirates247.com

The summer is well and truly here with temperatures flirting with the 50DegC mark.

However, users of public transport have found that not all the AC bus shelters in the emirate are functioning, and at some locations there is no AC shelter at all.

Dubai sees thousands of people riding the bus every day.

In 2011, a total of 107.407 million took the bus; which means an average of 298,000 a day.

Currently there are 900 bus shelters in the emirate, with 71 yet to be built.

Of the 900 shelters, 800 are working with a running AC, according to the Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

“The AC bus shelter is one of the pioneer projects adopted by the RTA to encourage residents and tourists of Dubai to use the outstanding integrated public transport services,” says Mohammad Abdullah AL Ali, Director Planning and Business Development of the Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

The RTA says there are currently 100 shelters with malfunctioning ACs.

“Most of the time, the doors of the AC bus shelters are left open, resulting in the compressor failing. The heat results in a short-circuit,” explains Mohammad. More info