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Sharjah-Sagah New Bus Route to Benefit Workers.

Summary: SHARJAH u A new bus route to Sagah Industrial area, 30km off Sharjah city will be introduced today, Sharjah Transport Corporation (STC) announced.

Meeting public demand, the 30km long route, labelled 66, will benefit more than 60,000 blue-collar workers accommodated in the labour housing in Sagah.

Mahmoud Al Hawsani, Spokesperson of STC said the route starts from Al Sharq bus station in Al Refaa area, and then will go through Al Uruba-Waset Road linking Sharjah and Ajman, passing by Waset Square.

"The bus then runs on Al Dhaid road to Sharjah Free Zone and Sharjah International Airport, and finally ends at Al Sagah Industrial area," he said.

"With a maximum frequency time of 40 minutes, the service will be available on two 75-seater buses from 5:30am to 11:30pm everyday against only Dh5."

Raja Erfan, an Indian worker in Sharjah Industrial area, said the new route was great news as he would be able to visit his friends of the same origin in Sagah area.

"Though Sagah is far away from the Industrial area in Sharjah, the bus fare is still affordable, and that will help us see friends more often."

Hawsani said the Sayer e-bus card is to be launched in a few days. "Subscribers to the new rechargeable e-card will enjoy good discounts," he said.

Added to this, Hawsani said Sharjah public transport saw a record in the number of commuters last year. "As per recent statistics released, more than seven million passengers used Sharjah public buses in 2009."

"Route No14, which starts from Al Sharq bus station, passing through Al Uruba road, Union Square, Al Garayen area, and finally ending at Sharjah International Airport, topped all routes with 3.8 million commuters," C Hawsani said.

Hawsani said Sharjah Transport Corporation, since its launch in 2008, is ever developing its services and C facilities.

"With a growing fleet of 117 buses and 270 drivers, the corporation is planning to cover all areas of Sharjah city with 16 bus routes this year, of which 11 are C already in service."

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