The Public Transport Agency at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched a luxury bus service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi yesterday, in a step aimed at the consolidation of inter-city transport.
Ten buses were put into service in the first phase, while the fleet will increase to 55 late. The RTA has announced a tariff of Dh20 per one-way trip, per person. The Volvo luxury vehicles dedicated for the service were purchased at a cost of Dh128 million.
Chief Executive Officer of RTA's Public Transport Agency, Essa Abdul Rahman Al Dossari, said the luxury buses were in line with an integral strategic plan drawn up by the RTA to develop public transport in the emirate and attract additional numbers of passengers to limit traffic congestion on roads.
He confirmed that RTA is keen to raise the percentage of public transport trips to 30 per cent of the total commute, through the provision of public transport alternatives characterised by high-quality, low-cost and comprehensive geographical coverage.
He said the new buses will travel to Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in the first phase. The service will be expanded in the next phase to cover the remaining areas. The buses come fitted with airline-styled business class seat and offer generous leg space and audio-visual entertainment.
They also provide wi-fi allowing passengers to use the internet while travelling. Dedicated areas have been allotted in each bus for dining.