By Andy Sambidge
Public transport chief says plans are in place to further expand coverage of service.
More than 94 million passengers used public transport buses in Dubai in 2008, latest figures reveal, and plans are in place for further expansion of the service in the city.
The Public Transport Agency at the Roads and Transport Authority said that more than two million trips were operated by buses on 85 routes.
Essa Abdul-Rahman al-Dossari, the CEO of Public Transport Agency said: “The Agency is continuously working on upgrading public bus services through deploying a number of new buses in service, comprising standard buses, articulated buses and double-deck buses imported from the world’s best manufacturers.
"The aim is to provide a coverage spanning 95 percent of the Dubai area in less than three years and raise the percentage of trips made by mass transit modes up to 30 percent by 2020,” he added.
Last year, the RTA bought 620 buses including 170 double-deckers, 300 articulated buses and 150 standard buses to boost its fleet.
Dossari added: “It (the Agency) will also build several new stations, bus depots, maintenance yards, and the air-conditioned bus shelters which is the first project of its kind worldwide."
The new bus shelters on Sheikh Zayed Road are missing most of the sliding doors. Is the RTA saving the money and sees the soaring cost of the AC in these things? The bus shelters are very filthy and full of garbage bytheway. Time to clean them once in a while if you have some money left.
This claim may mislead readers into thinking that Dubai had over 90 million tourists -- what it simply means is that passengers made 94 million trips.