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DUBAI – It will be smooth sailing for Water Taxi commuters with two more stations coming up at Rixos, The Palm Hotel, and Dubai Marina Mall.
This will bring the total number of stations to 25, said the Public Transport Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Monday.
The new Station 56 of the Rixos, The Palm Hotel, and Station 57 of the Dubai Marina Mall were opened because of the large number of visitors to these areas, said the RTA.
“Adding two new stations to the Water Taxi’s route fulfils the vision the agency is seeking to realise in expanding the reach of mass transit systems in general and marine transport in particular, in order to make them the first mobility choice of the entire community members,” said Essa Abdul Rahman Al Dosari, CEO of the RTA Public Transport Agency.
He said water taxi fares are affordable, offers privacy for passengers, and has a capacity to house up to 10 passengers. ‘‘Besides, it offers a dedicated compartment for special needs, luxurious setting and stunning panoramic water view away from roads’ congestion hassles,’’ he said.
“The agency opted to communicate with the community in a bid to provide mass transit services by coordinating with selected entities the provision of designated places in mass transit modes; be it marine modes or public buses, based on the numbers of people visiting these places, accessibility to such places and the need for the provision of all transit means,”
Al Dosari said the RTA has been keen on achieving multi-modal integration of all mass transit means by integrating all the Metro stations on the Red and Green Lines with the marine transit stations and public buses. More info