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Abu Dhabi launches bus routes

Transport Department adds two routes to public network, bringing total number of routes to nine.

Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport (DoT) has added two bus routes to the public network, taking the total number of routes in the UAE capital to nine, state news agency WAM reported on Saturday.

WAM said the new routes, 34 and 52, would be operational from Monday.

Route 34 will link the Breakwater area to the Sharia Court area starting from Marina Mall and ending at the Sharia Court terminal, while route 54 will link the tourist club area to the Sharia Court area starting at City terminal and ending at the Sharia Court terminal, according to the news agency.

WAM said services on both routes would run from 6am to midnight.

The news agency said the launch of the routes would boost bus frequency on Airport Road and Muroor Road to every seven minutes and would increase bus usage by over 30 percent.

Speaking at the launch briefing, Saeed al-Hameli, general manager of the DoT's bus office, was quoted as saying the department would unveil its fare structure and advanced access card system at a press conference on Dec. 23. Currently all buses are free for passengers.

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