Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai is replacing its water buses with new air-conditioned abras as part of improvements to its marine transport service, it said on Wednesday.
The initiatives of the RTA’s Public Transport Agency include the reopening of Al Seef Marine Transport Station and linking it with the Creek marine transport network.
Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said: “The teams of Marine Transport Department are replacing several water buses with new, air-conditioned and more convenient abras at the Dubai Marina. These abras are operationally efficient and offer riders a chance to commute and enjoy the picturesque sceneries of Dubai at the same fare with no hike at all.”
He added: “Among other initiatives taken to improve the marine transport service is the reopening of Al Seef Marine Transport Station following the revamping of the entire Al Seef Road locality by Meraas. The revamping of marine transit modes is expected to attract additional riders to use these modes in transiting from Al Seef to other Creek stations, passing through several tourist locations and facilities alongside the Creek.
“RTA marine transit modes are crucial for integrating the mass transit network in Dubai and form a key component of the Dubai infrastructure, especially after the opening of the Dubai Water Canal. The canal has become a new front of the city as it heralds a quality shift in both the general and tourist marine transport as well as its integration with other vital services in the city. The city is increasingly shaping into a reputed global hub for business and investments in economic, tourist, financial and service fields, among others.”
The marine transit modes of the RTA comprise various types of abras as well as the water taxi and Dubai Ferry.