In response to the growing needs of bus services amongst commuters in Eastern and Western Regions in Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) announced that three new lines have been added to the bus services in the Eastern Region, and another eight new routes in the Western Region. Operations of these routes has commenced recently.
The new routes that operate in the Eastern Region are:
• Service number (375): linking Sweihan camel race tracks with Al Hayer Mosque. The service is available once every two hours.
• Service number (436): linking Al Saad South with Al Ain Mall. This service is available every one hour.
• Service number (960): linking Tawam Hospital with Al Khrair East. This service is available every half an hour.
Route modifications introduced to service 491 and 495 in the Eastern Region can be seen in the cancellation of stops on Zayed bin Sultan Street to be replaced by a new stop at Salahuddin Al Ayoubi Street.
The new routes that operate in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi include:
• Service number (655): linking Mezaira'a Bus Station with Hameem Shabiya Mosque via Shah Plant.
• Service number (666): that runs from Tilal Liwa Hotel to Madinat Zayed Stadium
• Service number (667): connecting Madinat Zayed Industrial Area, Bin Kanish with Tamm Centre via Madinat Zayed bus station. The service is available from Saturday-Thursday.
• Service (668): linking Madinat Zayed Sewerage Plant with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company for Distribution (ADNOC) via Industrial Area and Madinat Zayed bus station. Service available only on Fridays and public holidays.
• Service (675): linking Madinat Zayed Industrial Area Sahaba Mosque to Habshan Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) Bab accommodation.
• Service (X65): connecting Hammem, Shah with Abu Dhabi
• Service (X80): linking Al Ruwais New Road with Abu Dhabi via Mirfa Bus Station
• Service (X81): extending from Al Ruwais New Road to Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Services expansion and modifications introduced for bus lines in the Western Region are:
• Service (640): has been extended to reach Liwa Hotel
• Service (650): has a frequency reduction of the service being provided every 2 hours to 1 per hour and a new service to reach Shah Plant is available via line (655)
• Service (651): is now extended to Tamani Farms Mosque.
• Service (661): will have frequency trip reduced from current two per hour to one
• Service (664): which reaches Bin Kanish Stop in the Industrial Area, and provide service to Madinat Zayed Old Hospital every day excluding Fridays.
• Service (665): route is split into two routs (665 and 666), therefore connecting Madinat Zayed Industrial Area with Madinat Zayed Camel Farms Mosque.
• Service (681): will extend to Ghayathi camel farms.
• Service (X70): service was cancelled and merged with route numbers X88 and X80 connecting Mirfa with Abu Dhabi Bus Station and Ruwais.
• Service (X88): will experience route modification to run on services X80 and X81.
Stressing the commitment of the DoT to provide a wider geographic coverage through bus services, Mohammed Nasr Al Otaiba, General Manager of the Bus Office at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi said: "These new services and route modifications have been implemented following a comprehensive study conducted by the Dot on all existing line services with an aim to address commuters' needs of world-class, convenient and almost around-the-clock bus transportation options.”
"With the bus users being the most prioritised segment of this service, the DoT is committed to fulfulling their various needs. We would like to pay tribute to the public for their welcoming responses for the DoT's various services by communicating inputs and suggestions on how to optimise public transport services. Such valuable interactions are highly cherished by the DoT, with endevours to study them carefully and adopt many of them", he added.
The DoT's bus service fleet encompasses more than 575 of world-class buses, operating 18 hours per day to provide transportation service to more than 170,000 commuters. According to the DoT’s statistics, more than 18 million passengers were transported via buses in Abu Dhabi last year.