Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Dubai launches free bus service for Expo visitors

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the deployment of 126 public buses to serve Expo 2020 Dubai visitors for free from nine locations across the emirate.

The “Expo Rider” buses will run 1956 direct daily trips from Saturday to Wednesday and the number of trips will rise to 2203 direct trips on Thursday and Friday.

The service frequency varies from 3 to 60 minutes.

Additionally, two routes will be launched to transport Expo visitors from hotels directly to the site.

The RTA will also deploy buses to carry visitors within the site, from the parking area to the Gates in addition to another bus service for riders between Expo Gates.

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, confirmed RTA’s readiness to provide a unique, smooth and express transit service for Expo 2020 visitors from various locations in Dubai and across the UAE through the deployment of 203 buses.

“These buses feature high safety and luxury standards, and comfortable seats. They are compatible with Euro 6 low-carbon emission standards, making them the first of their kind in the MENA region. Through deploying these high-quality buses in a wide geographical coverage, RTA seeks to make mass transit means the ideal choice of mobility for Expo visitors,” he said.
 
MOVEMENT FROM DUBAI TO EXPO SITE

The RTA has identified 9 stations to serve passengers heading to and from Expo. 

Palm Jumeirah: 
Six buses are allocated to run 54 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 57 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 15 minutes.

Al Baraha:
Seven buses are allocated to run 62 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 68 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 30 minutes.

Al Ghubaiba:
12 buses are allocated to run 74 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 76 daily trips in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 15 minutes. 

Etisalat:
Eight buses are allocated to run 70 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 72 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday. 

Global Village:
Three buses are allocated to run 10 trips daily on all weekdays. The service frequency will be 60 minutes. 

International City and the Dubai Silicon Oasis Stations
Eight buses are allocated to both stations to run 78 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 82 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 15 minutes. 

Dubai Mall: 
Five buses are allocated to run 55 trips per day in both directions from Saturday to Wednesday, and 59 trips per day in both directions on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will be 30 minutes.

Dubai International Airport: 
Eight buses are allocated to run 52 trips per day in both directions, seven days a week. The service frequency will be 20 minutes.


MOVEMENT WITHIN EXPO SITE

His Excellency Al Tayer explained that RTA would also provide two additional services to Expo 2020 visitors. The first service is Expo Parking Shuttle to transport visitors from the car parks to the three Expo Gates (Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability).

RTA has allocated 57 buses for this service to run 1191 trips per day from Saturday to Wednesday, and 1377 trips on Thursday and Friday. The service frequency will range from 3 to 7 minutes. 

The second service is Expo People Mover to transport visitors between Expo Gates. RTA has allocated 15 buses for this service to run 310 daily trips from Saturday to Wednesday, and 350 trips on Thursday and Friday. 12 additional reserve busses have been allocated as well.

RTA had previously announced its plan to transport visitors to Expo 2020 from different emirates. The plan identifies nine locations in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah. 77 buses are allocated for this service to run 193 trips per day on all days of the week, and the number of trips will rise to 213 trips per day on Thursday and Friday.

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