Abu Dhabi's bus shelter construction on track
The project includes the installation of 400 bus shelters in Abu Dhabi and the Al Dhafra region, and 200 in the city of Al Ain by the end of 2020
Construction of Abu Dhabi’s latest swathe of bus shelters is on track with the project set to include around 600 shelters in the emirate as part of a concerted government effort to improve public sector services.
According to a statement by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT), the development of the shelters “is progressing at full speed”, and includes the installation of 400 bus shelters in Abu Dhabi and the Al Dhafra region, as well as 200 in the city of Al Ain by the end of 2020.
The new bus shelters also feature air conditioning systems that protect users from weather and are equipped with sophisticated and intelligent devices – including a QR code side panel that enables connection to the DoT bus routes and timetables.
Eng Ahmed Ateeq Al Mazrouei, advisor to the chairman of the DoT, head of buses and the water ferries team, said the construction of 100 shelters in Abu Dhabi and its suburbs cost $9.5m (AED35m), with 23 completed so far.
The project, Al Mazrouei said, "reflects the aspirations of the wise leadership to establish a modern transport infrastructure and a sustainable living environment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, supported by quality services to the public transport users".
This gives customers to ability to re-credit their bus cards, which reduces the congestion when boarding the bus, and improves service quality and efficiency.
The announcement came amid wider plans by the Abu Dhabi government to develop its public bus transport sector, which included the development of 4,000 bus stops.