2012 outlook for Abu Dhabi transport

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By Anna Zacharias www.thenational.ae

To meet its target of 67 million bus journeys in 2012, the Department of Transport will add 150 buses to its current fleet of 379, and 120 routes will have stops no more than 300 metres apart. New buses will be better equipped for people with disabilities.

The Department of Transport will add 150 buses to its current fleet and have more routes in Abu Dhabi. Rich-Joseph Facun / The National
The Department of Transport will add 150 buses to its current fleet and have more routes in Abu Dhabi. Rich-Joseph Facun / The National

An additional 380 air-conditioned bus shelters will be added to the existing 81 and almost 50 kilometres of bus lanes will be integrated onto the capitals three main roads by the end of 2012.

Bus service every half-hour to Saadiyat Island and Masdar City will start next month and there are planned services to Al Raha Beach, Baniyas, Khalifa City B, Shahama and Zayed University. Al Reef will become a transfer point between Shahama and the capital.

Buses in Al Ain will run an extra hour.

Planning for ferry services to Reem Island and the Corniche will continue for an expected 2013 debut. Routes to Yas Island, Saadiyat, Sowwah and Lulu will follow.

The preliminary design for an Abu Dhabi metro and downtown light-rail transit (LRT) that will travel at a maximum speed of 100kph is planned for a summer 2012 unveiling.

Construction on the 266-kilometre first stage of the Etihad Rail network between Habshan and Ruwais is to begin early in 2012.

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