Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dubai-Sharjah double decker bus from Aug

Dubai-Sharjah double decker bus from Aug
By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)KHALEEJ TIMES 28 February 2008

DUBAI — Commuting between Dubai and Sharjah is all set to become a pleasure when double decker buses start plying between the two emirates from August this year.

Senior officials of the Public Transport Department in the RTA have said 70 state-of-the-art double decker buses would be plying between Dubai and Sharjah from August.These 90-seat buses are all set to provide the passengers with the much-needed luxury.

Officials told Khaleej Times that they would also start new coach buses between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and Dubai and Al Ain.

The RTA already has a fleet of buses plying between Dubai to Sharjah, but the commuters have complained that at times, they have to stand because of the lesser number of seats.

Thousands of people use the bus service from Dubai to Sharjah everyday. The RTA started the service on the Dubai-Sharjah route in May last year with 90 buses. These were later replaced by more luxurious buses.

“People can catch the new double decker buses from the Al Ghubaiba (Bur Dubai) Bus Station. Initially, we would be operating a fleet of 70 double decker buses, with 90 seats each. This means that more people can travel comfortably at one time,” said an official.

He added that the double decker buses would drop passengers at two bus stations in Sharjah — Al Jubail Bus Station and Al Rolla Bus Station.

“The new buses would be strengthening our fleet and reduce the waiting period for buses considerably. Moreover, the passengers can enjoy a more comfortable journey,” he added.

Talking about the coach buses, the official said each of them had 35 seats and would be travelling on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi and Dubai-Al Ain routes.

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