Dubai Transport Authority approves 37km project for new taxi and bus lanes

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has approved a plan to build 37 kilometers of taxi and bus lanes in the city over five years, according to the official WAM news agency.

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The new lanes will be built on the following roads: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Street, 2nd December Street, Amman Street, Al Satwa Road, Al Nahda Street, Omar bin Al-Khattab Street Street and Naif Street.

These developments will bring the total length of lanes reserved for taxis and buses in the city to 48.6 kilometres.

The program “is a successful global practice that encourages people to use public transport rather than private vehicles,” Mattar al-Tayer, RTA’s chief executive, said in a statement.

“As seen in several metropolitan cities in America and Europe, dedicated bus and taxi lanes reduce travel time, increase compliance with on-time bus departures, encourage the public to use the means public transport, improve the arrival time of taxis and reduce direct journeys and indirect operational costs as well as pollution.

“The project contributes to the achievement of the strategic objective of RTA (Integrated Dubai), to the improvement of living standards in the city and to the happiness of public transport users.”

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