ABU DHABI // Passengers will not be hit by higher fares when they travel on buses in the capital, despite the deregulation of fuel prices, the Department of Transport has said.
In August, the Government introduced a market-driven fuel price regime to remove fuel subsidies with the aim of lowering fuel consumption and helping the economy.
“The Department of Transport has no intention to raise the fares of public transport buses in Abu Dhabi emirate at the moment,” a DoT official said.
“The decision to deregulate fuel prices will encourage the different segments of society to use public transport, which will ease congestion on the roads and reduce pollution caused by carbon emissions.”
The bus fare within the city is Dh2. Fares to the suburbs start at Dh2, plus 5 fils for each kilometre. The intercity fare is Dh10 plus 10 fils per km.
“The DoT will focus its efforts at this stage to strengthen the infrastructure for the transport sector in the emirate,” the official said. “Public transport should be accessible, reliable, safe and comfortable.”
Syam Vidyadharan, 40, a document controller from India who regularly uses buses to get around the city, welcomed the news.
“I have a monthly pass which only costs Dh80,” he said. “An increase in bus fares will really affect low income people so we appreciate them for providing us a good and convenient service.” More info