The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has launched a trial run of its ‘Bus on Demand’ initiative, starting with Al Warqaa and Al Barsha, which will be free for three months during the trial period.
Do you live in Al Barsha area and take the bus on a daily basis? Now you can book your seat with ease through the MVMANT app and take a trip between any of the area's 31 stations. #RTAhttps://t.co/0P6kzwWTxX https://t.co/CXlqCJwGy7 pic.twitter.com/q21kLRreXf— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) March 1, 2018
How to use the service?
RTA partnered with Mvmant, an app that streamlines public transportation based on app-user preferences and provider abilities. The app claims to use artificial intelligence to understand customer demands, and thereby optimise the timings and services provided.
You can see the buses available on the app and book seats on them based on timings and where you need to get to. You can also pay fares through the app.
How many buses are available?
For the trial run, RTA has reportedly introduced four 18-seater mini-buses and two standard buses.
Origins and destinations
This is the part where the app comes into play. Based on user demand, it sets origin and stops. The destinations are ideally the nearest point towards customer's final destination, which could be a Dubai Metro station, another public bus stop or other area. The buses will only function within the said areas of Al Barsha and Al Warqaa for the trial period.
This fleet runs independent of usual bus schedules in the area, filling in time and distance gaps in user demand. The customers can track bus timings on the app and find where the nearest stop is based on their location.
The concept of buses on demand was introduced late last year with a trial run planned for 2018.