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Dubai's RTA to activate phase 3 of bus lanes project in July

Transport authority says AED600 fines will be issued to violating motorists from July 1 near Jumeirah Lakes Metro Station

Dubai's RTA to activate phase 3 of bus lanes project in July

Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced it will start the implementation of phase 3 of its dedicated bus and taxi lanes (Masar) project on July 1.

The transport authority said the latest phase will cover a short distance at the approaches of Jumeirah Lakes Metro Station. The dedicated bus lane extends 1.8km.

“Phase 3 of the dedicated bus and taxi lanes (Masar) will be fully activated on the first of July this year, and a fine of AED600 will be issued to violating vehicles,” said Adel Shakri, director of RTA’s Transportation Systems at Public Transport Agency.

Fines will be issued either through RTA’s surveillance cameras or manually through Dubai Police patrols, he added.

Over the past few months, the preparatory phase of this scheme started in the area, but without involving fines and its introduction has seen a reduction in the number of vehicles using the dedicated bus and taxi lane, said Shakri.

Following the implementation of Phase 1 and 2, the RTA has monitored an increase in the bus compliance with timetables by 20 percent. The scheme has also encouraged the public to use public transport rather than private vehicles.

"The main objective of the scheme is to curb traffic congestion through offering speedy, effective and safe public transport services,” added Shakri.

In 2010, RTA implemented phase one of the Masar system over 6km and in 2011, phase two was added.

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