Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image.
Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image. Max Avans/

The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has announced that the emirate will get 762 newly constructed public bus shelters in key areas by 2025.

RTA will be using 3D printing technology for constructing some of the shelters on a trial basis and to be built in collaboration with a 3D printing technology company, which is yet to be disclosed.

"The construction of these shelters is part of RTA's ongoing efforts to improve the public transport services, provide an integrated and reliable infrastructure and bring happiness to all residents of Dubai," Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, said, according to WAM.

The design of the new shelters is compatible with the Dubai Code for People of Determination, including wheelchair-accessible areas.

Al Tayer noted that the locations of the bus shelters were decided on certain parameters. The parameters reportedly include high population density areas, the current and future operational needs of public bus services, the integration with individual mobility means and the adequate infrastructure and space within the right-of-way.

He further said that RTA will also continue working on other ongoing projects in the emirate to facilitate the city's urban and demographic growth while making the mass transportation services easier, smooth and safe for both the residents and the visitors.

Based on the daily number of users for each stop, the RTA has classified the bus shelters into four tiers — main stop, secondary stop, primary stop and pick-up/drop-off station.

The main stop is expected to serve more than 750 passengers daily, while the secondary stop will accommodate between 250 and 750 passengers.

The primary stop, on the other hand, will handle between 100 to 250 passengers daily, and the pick-up/drop-off station will serve up to 100 passengers daily.

In April 2023, Dubai Metro surpassed 2 billion passengers since it first opened to the public in 2009 and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, commended the RTA department for its efforts in taking care of transportation needs.

Last year, ahead of the New Year celebrations, the RTA department installed around 10,000 smart cameras across Dubai to monitor roads.