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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) improved 10 bus routes across the emirate, following a study and big data analysis based on crowd sourcing features on RTA Dubai smart app, which enabled the public to submit their feedback, suggestions and comments.
“In 2021, we have received via RTA Dubai app 7,319 interactions and 6,678 proposals for new bus routes. Out of 413 votes received, 265 votes called for launching a bus service from Al Qusais to Al Maktoum International Airport," aid Adel Shakri, Director of Planning and Business Development, Public Transport Agency, RTA.
"We have also received 641 votes for other proposed routes. Accordingly, we have made improvements on 10 public bus routes in Dubai,” he said.
“In line with the vision of our government to transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city in the world, and RTA’s drive for digitisation and people happiness through uplifting the calibre of mobility services in the emirate, we have introduced customers feedback or crowd sourcing features to our app. As such, clients can propose opening new bus routes or improvements on the existing services through polls in the app.
“The step aims to engage the public in boosting the integration of Dubai Bus network and keep up with the growing needs of bus riders, be it residents, visitors or tourists. The initiative, which is the first of its kind in the region, also aims to source public proposals about introducing new bus stops and improving the existing bus routes, which will up the satisfaction and happiness of current riders and attract new ones as well,” added Shakri.
The Director of Planning and Business Development at the Public Transport Agency renewed RTA’s commitment to caring for customers’ views and proposals in expanding the public transport in general, particularly bus routes which are critical for the running of the network. He concluded by expressing RTA’s thanks and appreciation of the public interaction and their valuable contribution in this regard.
The dedicated bus and taxi lanes is a successful global practice that encourages people to ride public transport rather than private vehicles.
Al Tayer noted that the Remote Bus Performance Monitoring Centre had also contributed to reducing fuel consumption and faults by 5 to 10%. Moreover, the City Brain system is expected to increase the bus ridership by as much as 17%.
The step is in line with RTA’s ongoing efforts to improve Dubai Bus network and enhance the integration with other mass transit means.
This came during the COP28 Conference of the Parties, which was hosted by the UAE in Expo City Dubai, and its activities began on Thursday and will continue until December 12.
"India is committed to UN Framework for Climate Change and that is why I propose from this stage that COP33 Summit in 2028 be hosted in India," Modi said during his speech at the COP28 summit in Dubai.
"We are contributing to the loss and damage fund with 100 million euros to help achieve the goals of this COP28," she told an event at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai.
"We welcome all of you to your country, the Emirates, and we welcome all the delegations that came for the climate conference, and we thank God and thank Him for what He has bestowed upon us. Our love for the blessing of the earth is a reality. For us in the UAE, the issue of protecting the environment is not just a slogan; In fact, it is an integral part of our history, heritage and life.”