RTA has launched a trial run of its ‘Bus On Demand’ service
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has rolled out a trial run of its ‘Bus on Demand’ initiative as an innovative solution for the first and last mile challenges faced by public transport users. The move is one of RTA’s initiatives towards Dubai Future Accelerators and becoming a Smart City.
The trial run will see six 18-seater buses operate on flexible routes and schedules. Passengers living in these areas will be able to identify their location and track the bus arrival times. Similarly, bus drivers will know the service demand through the app as well and will accordingly reach the nearest points.
Currently, the service is available in Al Barsha 1 and 2 and Al Warqaa 3 and 4.
Post the trial operation, the service will be available through the app as well. It will also allow passengers to choose their preferred seat and pay for the fares.
For now though, the idea is “to assess the efficiency of the service in terms of accessibility to riders, response period, and the time of journey to the destination”, says Ahmad Bahrozyan, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.