Dubai’s RTA Announces New Metro Link Bus Service

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Dubai’s RTA Announces New Metro Link Bus Service

Bus transportation in Dubai is inexpensive. Rather than driving a private vehicle, passengers can enjoy seeing the downtown skyline from the convenience of their seats. As of June 20, the Dubai RTA will introduce a new bus service to enhance Dubai’s internal bus network coverage. The new metro connection service, known as F57, will run every 30 minutes during prime times from Jebel Ali Metro Station to Bluewaters Island.

Which Routes Will Be Available?

Public bus riders should also be aware that Route SM1, which runs from the Gold Souq Station to Deira’s Souk Al Marfa, will begin running at 10 a.m. At 3.27 a.m., the last train from Souk Al Marfa station will leave (the following day).

On the same day, RTA will improve the schedules of 15 other bus lines in Dubai: Routes 12, 20, 21, 24, 53, 84, 91A, F15, F26, F30, F33, F47, J01, J02, and X22.

RTA Announced Precautionary Measures

In line with the precautions to curb coronavirus, the Dubai RTA has now released a new set of rules. The new rules ensure there is no overcrowding inside the metro. Here’s an overview of the new rules for Dubai Metro, taxis, trams and buses:

  • All passengers must wear a face mask while travelling by all public transport including taxis
  • Residents having a fever or flu symptoms are advised not to use public transport
  • Taxis and limousines are now restricted to only carry two passengers at a time, to ensure social distancing
  • Passengers must sit ONLY in alternate seats in metros, trams and buses. Besides, riders are strictly advised against sitting on seats marked with an ‘X’
  • Those standing in metros, trams or buses must maintain safe distance by staying on the demarcated floor stickers

The Dubai RTA has also included additional services to make up for the reduced capacity. Bus shelters in Dubai have been closed. According to the WAM news site, “RTA has called on public transport riders not to use public transport unless necessary; plan their journeys in advance to avoid peak hours, as delays are expected due to the new measures taken; and cooperate with the supervisors deployed at bus and metro stations or on board these modes.”

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