The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed that busy areas like Bur Dubai and Deira, amongst others, are due to get over 30km of extra bus lanes to ensure speedy commutes for those using the network.
Ten routes inside central business districts, as well as around some of the city's new developments, have been identified as needing extra lanes after the success of the existing 10km of dedicated bus and taxi lanes that were introduced in 2010 and 2011 (across Khalid Bin Waleed road, Al Khaleej Road, Al Mankhool Street, Naif Road, Al Ittihad Road and Al Mina street) were cited by customers as saving them time in their commute.
“We have identified 50 locations across Dubai that could potentially have bus priority lanes out of which we have selected 10...which will be completed in 2015,” said Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency that operates buses and taxis.
RTA studies reveal that each bus running on a dedicated bus lane reduces 50 cars on the roads, while it also moves five to 11 minutes faster than the cars on roads that have bus lanes. There are also stiff Dhs600 fines for motorists who flout the law by driving in the dedicated bus and taxi lanes.