The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened a new generation of public transport bus umbrellas in four vital areas in Dubai, as part of the first phase of a plan that includes the implementation of 1550 bus passenger umbrellas during the next three to four years, in partnership with the private sector.
“The project will be implemented in partnership with the private sector using the BOT method, as the investor will finance, implement and operate umbrellas and the authority’s participation in advertising revenue throughout the contracting period estimated at about 12 years,” said General Manager MTA Board Chairman Matar Mohammed Al Tayer.
He added that the authority provides through this project an opportunity to add innovative and smart services to serve users and diversify sources of revenue, in order to achieve the main objectives of partnership projects between the public and private sectors.
He explained that the design of new umbrellas was taken into account in meeting the requirements of vital areas with high population density, current and future operational needs for public transport bus services, as it is characterized by its modern nature that integrates between practical interior design and excellence in the external appearance, and the use of structural elements to serve the architectural design, to be part Parcel of it. He added, "The design of the new umbrellas came in line with the Dubai code for the people of determination, as dedicated spaces for wheelchairs and tracks for the blind were provided."
The first stage of the project included the opening of four passenger umbrellas for buses: the first in a major parking lot near Satwa Roundabout (2nd December Street) at a rate of 750 passengers per day usage, and the second in a secondary parking lot in the Burj Khalifa Boulevard area (near the Boulevard walkway tower) with a usage rate of between 250 And 750 passengers per day, and the third in a basic position on Al-Mustaqbal Street (near Park Towers) with a usage rate of between 100 and 250 passengers per day, and the fourth in a loading and loading position on Al-Mustaqbal Street behind Emirates Towers at a rate of 100 passengers per day.