The new bus and taxi lane on Khalid bin Al Waleed Street.
PHOTO BY RTA
DUBAI – A dedicated bus and taxi lane opens at Khalid bin Al Waleed Street on Thursday (January 21) following a trial period by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
According to the RTA, the new lane is aimed at improving the bus journey time by as much as 24 percent.
Private motorists caught using the lane dedicated for buses and taxis will be fined Dh600, said Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency at RTA.
“To raise the awareness of road users, RTA installed directional signs at the entry of the lane explaining the types of vehicles allowed to pass through and cautioning motorists against accessing the lane, which constitutes an offence subject to Dh600 fine,” he said.
The lane, part of Phase 3 of the RTA’s Dedicated Bus & Taxi Lanes Project, extends 4.3 km on both directions of Khalid bin Al Waleed Street from Al Mina Street junction to a point just before Zabeel Street junction.
Bus drivers were allowed to get familiar with the use of the lane during the 10-day trial period that ended on January 20.
“About 19 bus routes use this lane, which tantamount to 60 buses passing through this lane every hour, be it regular, articulated, double-deck, or mini-buses,” Bahrozyan said.
The RTA official said that the bus-only lane has been given a distinctive red-colour with pavement marking of buses, with signages to alert private motorists about its use. ICA/Expat Media
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