Dubai: Passengers who were using the now-closed bus stops at Trade Centre roundabout have been directed to new routes related to the relocation to Jafiliya bus station, officials said.
Four Trade Centre stops were recently relocated to Jafiliya for passenger’s safety and convenience as they had to cross roads at the busy roundabout to reach the stops, said the Public Transport Agency (PTA) of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
The stops used to serve 17 bus routes and two inter-city routes, said Mohammad Abdullah Al Ali, Director of Bus, PTA.
“Public buses serving Routes 10, X94, 27, C32 and A91 inbound from Umm Harir and heading towards the Trade Centre will proceed to Jafiliya bus station where passengers can ride other buses, either from the said station or the roadside bus stop nearby in the direction of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Jafiliya,” he said.
“Buses inbound from Bur Dubai will continue to stop at Jafiliya Metro Station near the roadside bus stop, and commuters can also ride other buses from Jafiliya Bus Station by crossing the Metro Footbridge. Commuters on the Metro Feeder Service (F11) who used to use the Bus Stops at the Trade Center R/A will be served by two alternative routes (98E) and (21). Commuters heading towards Dubai Mall can take buses from Jafiliya Metro & Bus Stations, while commuters on Bus Route (61) can continue use this Route from the said two stations.”
Commenting on the move, Al Ali said: “The relocation of these four bus stops stems from RTA’s vision of Safe and Smooth Transport for All, and the decision has been put into effect as of March 15, 2013.
“These bus stops have been moved to the new bus station near Jafiliya Metro station in order to ensure high safety of bus riders.”
He added: “The agency has launched a wide-ranging campaign to sensitise riders on this change through various channels including illustrative roadmaps posted at the relocated Bus Stops, distributing flyers at site, sending text messages via mobile phones, posting changes on RTA website and communicating these changes through social media networks.”