New bus lanes for UAE capital
New bus lanes are to be introduced in to Abu Dhabi in an effort to combat expected traffic growth in the next four years, The National newspaper reported.
Based on the results of a traffic study which assessed traffic conditions for the past year, Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport (DoT) has announced 46 kilometres of bus lanes are to be introduced on three of the capital's busiest roads.
The 46km of lanes for buses only will comprise 2km on each side of Bainunah Street between Corniche Road and Hazaa bin Zayed the First Street; about 11km on each side of Hamdan Street from Al Salam Street to Airport Road; and about 10km on each side of Sheikh Zayed the First Street between Al Salam Street and 32nd Street, the newspaper reported.
Expected to cut travel times by 15 minutes, the investment in the expansion of the bus network is part of the DoT's Surface Transport Master Plan, a long-term strategy intended to persuade residents out of private vehicles and on to public transport.
Work will begin within the next three months and is expected to be completed by next year.