Construction of Al Satwa, Oud Metha model bus stations 77% complete
The foundations and concrete skeleton of the Oud Metha station and the Al Satwa station have been constructed
The construction of the two model public bus stations at Oud Metha and Al Satwa has reached 77%, with works at both stations expected to be completed by the end of 2020, the director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer confirmed.
Construction works have been completed on the foundations and the concrete skeleton of the Oud Metha station, which covers a ground area of 9,640m2.
The station is situated in a densely populated area neighbouring the Oud Metha Metro Station, schools, community clubs, and business centres. The station serves several bus routes including the routes from Dubai Academic City and International City.
Comprising a ground floor, three levels, and rooftop parking, the Oud Metha station features a design integrated with the public transport means in the area. It has parking areas for buses, taxis, as well as private vehicles. The average number of riders using the station is expected to reach 10,000.
Facilities at the station include 10 operational parking slots for buses, 11 parking for out-of-service buses (waiting and standby buses), 316 parking for vehicles, pick-up and drop-off points, and parking spaces for taxis, staffs, visitors, and bike racks.
The station also has air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned shelters, public rest areas fitted with prayer rooms for men and women, staff offices, public toilets, a children’s corner, self-service kiosks, nol card machines, bus information display panels, ATMs, and vending machines.
Meanwhile, the contractor of the Al Satwa station has completed works on the foundations, landfill, and the concrete skeleton.
The Al Satwa station covers an area of 11,912m2 and comprises a ground floor, one floor, and rooftop parking.
The design of the station complements the use of public transit means in the area with parking spaces for buses, taxis, and private vehicles. The Al Satwa station can accommodate 7,800 passengers per day expandable to 15,000 passengers per day in future.
The Al Satwa station will also have 15 operational parking for buses, 14 parking slots for out-of-service buses, and 227 parking for vehicles. The station has a pick-up and drop-off point, parking for waiting and standby buses, parking for taxis, staffs and visitors as well as bike racks.
It also has public rest areas fitted with prayer rooms for men and women, staff offices, public toilets and investment areas. The station will also host self-service kiosks, nol card machines, bus information display panels, ATMs, and vending machines.
Commenting on construction works during a virtual inspection tour of the two stations, Al Tayer said: “The construction of stations for public bus riders complements RTA’s efforts to upgrade public transport infrastructure and encourage people to use public transit means in their daily movement.”
The site engineers at the two model stations briefed Al Tayer about the progress of construction work.
Sharing his thoughts on the design of the stations, Al Tayer added: “The new stations boast a unique design that blends innovative engineering with new concepts of public transport.
“The state-of-the-art design caters to the needs of sustainability and people of determination, yet it is coherent with the identity and shape of RTA’s stations. The role of the new stations goes beyond the prevailing concept of commuting passengers to encompass the offering of integrated services for passengers such as retail outlets, service points, offices and others.”
The RTA is also currently constructing 17 public bus stations to serve the visitors of Expo 2020 Dubai. This includes seven permanent stations at Al Jafiliya, Al Ghubaiba, Etisalat Station at Al Qusais, Union Station at Deira, Business Bay 2, Al Baraha, and Ibn Battuta.
Four temporary stations will be constructed at Dubai Silicon Oasis, International City, Business Bay 1 and Jumeirah Palm.
Additionally, RTA will construct six bus stops at Meydan, Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, Al Jaddaf, Dubai Maritime City and Dubai Mall.
After the World Expo, the stations will be integrated into the Dubai public bus network.