Al Freej Bus lifts 50 thousand riders since debut last July 201507/12/2015
RTA’s Public Transport Agency lifted more than (50) thousand riders via the bus service branded ‘Al Freej Bus’ that had been launched last July. The new service is proving increasingly popular where its daily ridership has leapfrogged from 428 riders at the start of operation to as many as 765 riders three months later, recording in the process a 79% growth rate.
The service, which is denoted as (J01), opens a new bus route restricted to residential districts with the aim of providing mobility service to families, seniors, handicapped and housewives by lifting them from their homes to business centers, clinics, health centers, schools, recreational facilities and government offices offering a wide range of public services among others. The service is proving vitally important in the life of residents and serving their personal interests. The Route starts from the Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) to Al Barsha 1, 2 and 3 and up to the vicinity of Mall of the Emirates in a 12.2 km-long route serving about 23 thousand residents of these three districts of Al Barsha.
“Through launching this service, RTA is seeking to bring more happiness to targeted brackets by offering them safe, enjoyable and smooth transit service availing them a chance to socialize with others and forge closer relationships amongst community members,” said Adel Shakri, Director of Planning and Business Development of RTA’s Public Transport Agency.
“This initiative has been undertaken following an elaborate field study conducted by the Agency covering several districts of Dubai to probe the size of demand of residents for a safe & smooth public bus service.
“The Al Freej Bus shuttles in a circular loop, and may divert its route if a need dictates so, such as delivering elderly or disabled persons. The bus Route is generally aligned with the metro stations and bus stops in Dubai. The fare is payable through NOL cards likewise the standard practice in the Emirate, and riders may use NOL monthly cards to pay for the applicable fare,” added Shakri.
“Buses dedicated to Al Freej Bus service are 12-17 seats, and stops have been specified along the route. However, the driver may stop at any place, depending on a request of a rider, provided the driver will make sure that the stop will be safe and doesn’t undermine the safety of those on board nor road users or cause accidents.
“Al Freej Bus will travel through Al Barsha 1, and pass across a number of recreational & tourist destinations such as Mall of the Emirates, Matajer, 3 to 5-star hotels, hotel apartments, restaurants, schools, and residential buildings. At Al Barsha 2 & 3, Al Freej Bus passes by a series of residential villas mostly inhabited by Emiratis and GCC citizens, which are currently witnessing further developments including schools, hospitals, retail outlets and others,” he further added.
It is noteworthy that Al Barsha is served by several bus routes including Routes 84, 93, F29, F30, and F33, rendering Al Freej Bus a high value addition to the safe & smooth mobility aboard public buses and Dubai Metro.