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19 April 2024

Free wifi on Sharjah intercity bus routes

By Majorie Van Leijen

Free wifi has been made available in intercity bus routes running from Sharjah, announced the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) of Sharjah (previously named the Sharjah Transport Corporation (STC)).

Although the project is on trial, the service is likely to cover all intercity routes in two months from now.

After wifi was successfully introduced in bus routes running from Dubai to other emirates by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) last year, the service was extended to other intercity bus routes by the authority in Sharjah.

Abdul Aziz Al-Jarwan, Director of Transport Affairs at the RTA explained that the Internet has become an important part in the lives of all people, and in many cases passengers require to surf the Internet and communicate through social networks while they are using the public transport system, particularly when traveling long distances such as from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi.

Therefore, the authority aims to provide wireless Internet services in a number of inter-city buses, to be extended to all bus routes that connect the emirate of Sharjah with various emirates, he said.

He added that the service will allow passengers to surf the Internet on computers, mobile tablets and smartphones, which provides them time to accomplish many tasks during the trip.

With the focus on intelligent transportation, the wifi service might be introduced to inner-city buses in the future, said a spokesperson of the organisation.

Wifi is already available in buses running between Dubai and Sharjah, as part of the efforts of the RTA in Dubai. In December last year, the authority announced that due to the success of the internet services in Dubai-Abu Dhabi bus routes, it would extend the services to all intercity bus routes, among which are bus routes to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Hatta, and Fujeirah,

Intercity bus routes from Sharjah serve all other emirates, with 5 routes to Dubai, 2 routes to Abu Dhabi, 2 routes to Ajman, 1 route to Umm Al Quwain, 1 route to Ras Al Khaimah and 1 route to Fujairah.