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The Public Transport Agency, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has launched, on the first of April, 5 new bus routes in the Emirate of Dubai and revised 4 others with a view to consolidating the public bus network in the Emirate in keeping with the rising demand for mass transit services in general and public buses in particular.
Researchers in Dubai are looking at ways to lure people out of their cars and on to public transport, after it was found that nine in 10 motorised trips are made in private vehicles. The figure is extremely high, exceeding the global average of 60 per cent, and even the Middle East average of 85 per cent.
The much-speculated extension of the Green Line of Dubai Metro, which began its operations last month, is a certainty with plans to stretch it up to the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) soon, a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official told Khaleej Times.