Monday, June 30, 2008

Free Public Transport Bus Service in Abu Dhabi from 30th June 2008

Free Public Transport Bus Service in Abu Dhabi from 30th June 2008

Photos - Ramesh Menon

By Adel Arafah, Staff reporter KHALEEJ TIMES.

ABU DHABI — The Transport Department of Abu Dhabi will launch free public bus service within the emirate today. Initially, 60 buses would ply on four major routes.

Saeed Al Hameli, Director-General of the public buses office at the department, told Khaleej Times yesterday that Route 5 starts from Marina Mall in the breakwater area to the shopping centre in Al Mina area, Route 7 is from Marina Mall to Abu Dhabi Mall through the Tourist Club area, Route 32 from Marina Mall to Carrefour through the Airport road, and Route 54 from Zayed Sports City to Carrefour through the Airport road.

Al Hameli said the buses would stop at the existing bus stops along the routes.

The buses would not stop at a station for passengers to board for more than 10 minutes.

The free bus service would be from 6.30am to 12.30am.

Al Hameli said the number of routes would increase to 21 in the near future, covering almost all areas of Abu Dhabi and the surrounding islands.

The public can contact the department on the toll-free number — 80055555 — for any details.

This bus service will be free of charge till the end of this year.

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