Dubai, UAE: Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai launched a new-look bus network maps at all bus stops. It aims to smoothen the process of tracking destinations and planning bus journeys for users.
Eisa Abdul Rahman Al Dossary, chief executive officer of the RTA’s Public Transport Agency (PTA), said the colour-coded maps were part of the PTA’s efforts to improve the quality of bus services. Every single route will be colour-coded. The maps will display all public bus routes together with major landmarks falling within 500 metres of a bus stop on every route.
This map is divided into three main sections. The first one shows all bus routes in Dubai, the second shows all buses passing through that particular bus stop and the third describes key geographical locations, in the shape of 3D images, near the commuter’s destination.
“This step has been taken following field studies and surveys, and a review of the best global practices in this field,” Al Dossary said. The bus route map includes starting and arrival points, intervals between services (headway), the starting time of the first or last service, and the locations of bus stops situated on the route. “So far, we have installed the new maps at 300 bus stops in different areas, including Jumeirah, Al Sufouh, Al Safa and Al Quoz and the rest of the bus stops will be covered in coming months,” Al Dossary added.
“We are glad to reveal that public transport use has recorded phenomenal growth, from the 6 per cent [witnessed] in early 2009 to 12 per cent this year, and this is a big achievement as we aim to achieve a 30 per cent target by 2020,” Al Dossary continued.