RTA to launch marine transit services along canal
RTA has approved a plan to operate marine transport services in nine new stations
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has approved a plan to open marine transport services along the new water canal, it announced on Saturday.
The Board of Executive Directors of RTA has approved in a meeting chaired by HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of Board of Executive Directors of RTA the opening of nine new stations once the Dubai Water Canal is complete, according to Dubai Media Office.
The service will run on the following day of the Canal opening via Dubai Ferry and Water Taxi. The Dubai Canal is set to open this month, though an official day has not been announced.
The total number of marine transport stations and stops in Dubai is eventually expected to rise to 42 once the plan is implemented.
Al Tayer said: “The service will be available on demand on board the Water Taxi from 10am to 10pm in all new stations. The Dubai Ferry will offer service in five stations, two at the Dubai Water Canal, and three at the Business Bay.
“There will be three newly scheduled two-way daily services for the Dubai Ferry from Al Jaddaf Station calling at Dubai Design District, Al Wajeha Al Maeyah, and Marasi stations in the Business Bay; and the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Dubai Canal stations in the Dubai Water Canal.
“The services will start at 10am, 12 midday and 05:30pm. The current line of the Dubai Ferry shuttling between Al Ghubaiba Station and Marina Mall Station will be modified to call the Dubai Canal Station,” he added.
The marine transport sector is set to undergo a shift in the number of transit modes, stations and riders with the operation of the new stations following the link between the Business Bay and the Arabian Gulf beaches when the Dubai Canal opens.