By Andy Sambidge
New transport hub will be able to cater for nearly 500 buses; maintenance facility also planned
The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has announced that work will start soon on building a new AED175m ($47.6m) bus depot project in the emirate.
The project was part of AED1.5bn various infrastructure projects approved recently by the Executive Council.
Spanning over a 10-hectare site in Khalifa City A, the new bus depot will be able to accommodate 480 buses, providing them with fueling and washing.
A building will also be established to provide integrated maintenance services that is capable of services up to 550 buses. This project is expected to be in operation by the end of 2015, the DoT said in a statement.
According to the DoT, the new facility could be expanded in the future to accommodate further buses.
Hashim Al Hashimi, director of Public Transport Division at the Department of Transport, said: "The approval by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council to build a world-class bus depot bears witness to the rapidly-growing demand on bus services as being a sustainable, safe, cost-effective and almost around-the-clock available transportation option.
"The bus depot project, when operational, will redefine the bus service sector in Abu Dhabi as it will provide a wide spectrum of benefits to both existing and future bus fleets, such as a one-stop shop for bus maintenance and servicing facility that will be built as per world-class standards and environment-friendly benchmarks", he added.