The project includes the construction of pedestrian walkways, air-conditioned shelters for waiting bus and taxi riders.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is all set to start operating the dedicated Bus & Taxi Lane of Khalid bin Al Waleed St. on Thursday.
The inauguration of the lane follows the completion of a trial period of the lane which contributes to improving the bus journey time by as much as 24 percent and delivering better services to public transport riders.
"This lane, which constitutes Phase III of the Dedicated Bus & Taxi Lanes Project, extends 4.3km on both directions of Khalid bin Al Waleed St. from Al Mina St junction to a point just before Zabeel Street junction," said Ahmed Hash Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, RTA.
"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. Bus drivers were familiarised with the use of this lane during a trial period that started on Jan.11 and ends of Jan.20 including daily use of the lane.
"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 Dhs600 fine.
"To make it easy and avoid accidental use of the dedicated Bus & Taxi Lane on Khalid bin Al Waleed St, the lane was given a distinctive red-colour with pavement marking of buses. Signages were installed at the start and middle of the lane along with light signals indicating the bus-only lane. The project includes the construction of pedestrian walkways, air-conditioned shelters for waiting bus and taxi riders, street lights, roadside parking and landscaping works," explained Bahrozyan.
Earlier, RTA completed the construction of dedicated bus lanes stretching 7.3km that included parts of Naif Street (1 km), parts of Al Ittihad Road (500m), Al Mina Street (1700m from Kuwait Street to the Falcon intersection), Al Mankhool Street (1800m from Al Satwa R/A to Sheikh Rashid Street), Al Khaleej Street (1700m from the Creek Street to Al Musalla Street), Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street (100m from Al-Mina Street Intersection to Street 16), and Al Ghubaiba Street (500m from Al-Mina Street intersection to Street 12).
The project, which extends eight kilometres along Ras Al Khor Road, runs from the intersection of the Dubai-Al Ain Road to the junction of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.
"The project serves Al Quoz 2, between Al Khail Road and Meydan Road. It involves the construction of a network of main roads extending 16km along with associated infrastructure works," said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer.
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Police General HQ announced that the ban on the movement of trucks with a tare weight more than 2.5 tonnes would revert to the normal status, starting on Saturday (July 4).
The ban applies to Al Ittihad and the Sheikh Zayed Roads and the sector connecting them from the Sheikh Rashid Street as well as Downtown Deira/Bur Dubai from 06:00am to 10:00pm.
The first is Route E306 where buses will start from Al Ghubaiba Bus station in Dubai and head to Al Jubail Bus Station in Sharjah via the dedicated bus route of Al Mamzar, at a frequency of 20 minutes. Six double-deck buses will be deployed on this route.
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