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Plush Bus Stations to Come up ,C?in Karama, Al Quoz and Satwa.

Summary: DUBAI - New state-of-the-art bus stations will come up in Karama, Al Quoz and Satwa which will provide a range of services to commuters, including boarding platforms, commercial outlets, offices and restaurants, the Roads and Transport Authority has said.

The designs of the stations have been approved by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said, oThe role of these stations will not be restricted to providing passenger transport services, but will go beyond to provide comprehensive services. They will look like mini-commercial centres comprising several commercial outlets, restaurants, and offices to name a few.o

The basement will be used as a parking lot and the mezzanine floor will be allotted to commercial and service outlets and office.

The ground level will have passenger facilities and bus operations. The external yard will be designated as bus stops and the boarding and alighting area. The stations will be linked with footbridges and subways to ease passenger movement to and from stations.

The capacity of Satwa bus station is estimated at 625 passengers per hour, and boarding and alighting area will accommodate 10 buses at a time. Taxi bays can accommodate up to 12 vehicles plus four buses, and the parking area will have space for 307 vehicles.Aa

The bus station in Al Quoz will have a capacity to accommodate 525 passengers per hour, and the boarding and alighting area will accommodate eight buses at a time.

The taxi bays will accommodate up to 12 vehicles plus five buses, and the parking area will have space for 208 vehicles.

The Karama bus station will be designated for intercity transport. The station will have a capacity to accommodate 110 passengers per hour, and the boarding and alighting area will accommodate five buses at a time.

There will be space for nine taxis and three buses at the taxi bays while the area designated for parking will house 57 vehicles. Aa

Al Tayer said that the construction of bus depots in Al Aweer, Jebel Ali and Al Rawiyah is also progressing well. The Al Aweer depot will have a 28-bay workshop fitted with the latest technical systems and tools needed for maintenance works as well as electrical and mechanical repairs. Aa It will also have modern testing and inspecting systems along with warehouses for spare parts and offices for employees and technicians.

The Jebel Ali depot will have a capacity to accommodate about 300 buses (standard, articulated and double-deckers). It will have 24 bays capable of housing 36 buses at a time for conducting various services like washing, cleaning and refuelling. Aa The depot will have an office complex to accommodate 50 employees as well as residential quarters for 1,200 bus drivers.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jan 16, 2009
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